Shahar Peer, Tamira Paszek advance

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Top-seeded Shahar Peer of Israel won her third straight match, beating Italy's Alberta Brianti 6-2, 6-1 to advance to the semifinals of the Citi Open.

In a match that lasted 3 hours, 42 minutes, third-seeded Tamira Paszek of Austria narrowly beat Canada's Stephanie Dubois 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (2). Paszek will play Peer in Saturday's semifinals. Peer won their only meeting, at the 2007 Fed Cup.

American Irina Falconi also advanced to the next round by handling France's Virginie Razzano 6-4, 6-3. Falconi will play the winner of the Nadia Petrova and Bojana Jovanovski match.

In doubles play, Olga Govortsova and Alla Kudryavtseva beat Alberta Brianti and Eleni Daniilidou 7-5, 6-0 to advance to the final.