Margarita Gasparyan met with Vera Zvonareva, and Svetlana Kuznetsova with Daria Kasatkina, in the semifinals of the Saint Petersburg Tournament that includes its last stretch with four local players.
Gasparyan surprised by beating the favorite of the tournament, Ekaterina Alexandrova, seeded number one, after beating him in two sets with partials of 6-2 and 7-5, in just one hour and twenty minutes. She even became the first athlete in the tournament to reach the semifinals, she surpassed her opponent with a remarkable effectiveness of the first service and a greater solidity in the return of the serve. The second to go to the semifinals was Zvonareva, who easily reduced the also Russian Anastasía Gasanova in two sets (6-3, 6-1).
Svetlana Kuznetsova, seed number four, beat Romanian Jaqueline Cristian, which resisted him in the first set (6-7), but did not withstand the Russian onslaught in the next two (6-3 and 6-3).
In the last match of the day that faced the also Russians Daria Kasatkina, seed number 8, and Veronika Kudermetova, Seeded number 2, the favorite won the first round 6-1, but then lost control of the game in the next two sets (1-6 and 2-6), and fell to her rival.
The sixth edition of the Saint Petersburg Tournament, which is held with the public in the Sibur Arena pavilion until March 21, distributes in prizes 565,530 dollars, of which 90,000 for the winner.