Unseeded Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine advanced to the final of the Thailand Open by defeating German sixth seed Tatjana Mario 6-1, 6-1 on Friday in Hua Hin, Thailand.
Tsurenko, who upset No. 4 seed Anna Kalinska of Russia in the previous round, won an incredible 72.4 percent of her first-serve points (21-of-29)
and converted six break points in 10 opportunities to shut out Maria.
In the semifinals, Tsurenko will face No. 1 seed Bianca Andreescu of Canada,
a 6-0, 7-6 (3) winner over Ukrainian fifth seed Marta Kostyuk The Canadian then rallied from a 2-0 deficit to open the tiebreak.
In the next semi-final match, the Chinese women Xinyu Wang and Lin Zhu will meet. Wang, the seventh seed, outlasted Heather Watson of Great Britain 6-3, 6-7 (6),
6-4. Zhu beat Tamara Zidansek of Slovenia 6-2, 6-2.
No. 1 seed Caroline Garcia of France defeated Italy's Jasmine Paolini 7-5,
7-5 to reach the semifinals in Lyon, France.
Garcia hit nine aces and converted 3 of 7 break points en route to a narrow
victory in one hour and 46 minutes. She will face Camila Osorio in the next round after the Colombian beat Czech Linda Nosková 6-4, 7-6 (3).
American Alycia Parks also continued her stellar week.