Liudmila Samsonova advances to the semifinals of the Pac Pacific Open tennis

TOKYO — Liudmila Samsonova advanced to the semifinals of the Pan Pacific Open on Friday, eliminating Garbine Muguruza 6-4, 6-2.

Samsonova will then face Shuai Zhang, who defeated Petra Martic 7-5, 6-2.

“I’m still working on my technique, but most of all on my mental game,” said Samsonova. “I think I’ve grown up in that part and my team has been amazing. They’ve really helped me improve.”

Veronika Kudermetova, the best seed remaining at position 4, beat Beatriz Haddad Maia 6-7 (4), 7-6 (8), 6-1 to advance. She will face 19-year-old Zheng Qinwen in the semifinals.

Zheng defeated American player Claire Liu 6-4, 7-5.

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