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Agnieszka Radwanska into semis

WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- Top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska
beat Russia's Elena Vesnina 6-3, 6-3 after a lengthy rain delay
Thursday to advance to semifinals of the ASB Classic.

The fourth-ranked Pole kept her composure after the players were
forced off the court early in the second set, returning to close
out her third straight-set win of the tournament.

Radwanska was joined in the semifinals by the two other seeded
players remaining in the draw. Third-seeded Yanina Wickmayer of
Belgium beat countrywoman Kirsten Flipkens 6-3, 6-4 and
eighth-seeded Mona Barthel of Germany beat Sweden's Johanna Larsson
6-2, 6-1.

American Jamie Hampton, who upset defending champion Zheng Jie
of China in the first round, also advanced with a 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-2
win over Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands.

Hampton took the first set in 28 minutes and broke Bertens in
the first game of the second set before the Dutch player regrouped
to break back and level the match.

The American then broke Bertens in the second and fourth games
of the deciding set to prevail in just over two hours.

Wickmayer will play Barthel in Friday's semifinals and Radwanska
will play Hampton.

Vesnina led 2-1 in the second set when the rain came and stopped
play for nearly two hours. When the players returned, Radwanska
broke her Russian opponent in the seventh game to finish off the
set and match.

"I knew that against her I would have to play very well from
the first point to the last and fortunately, in both sets, I was
able to play my best tennis," she said.

Wickmayer also had to deal with the rain to beat Flipkens, her
Fed Cup teammate. There were three short rain delays during the
match, but Wickmayer, the 2010 Auckland champion, stayed in charge
throughout.

"I guess it was a little tougher than a normal match," she
said. "We know each other really well, we've shared a lot of good
moments in the Fed Cup."