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Morocco Open: Liu into semi-finals

Claire Liu beat Astra Sharma 6-4, 6-1 on Thursday and will face Hungarian Anna Bondar, the No 5 seed, in the next round

American Claire Liu moved into the last four of the Morocco Open by winning against Australian Astra Sharma 6-4, 6-1 at Union Sportive des Cheminots du Maroc in Rabat on Thursday afternoon.

Liu, ranked No 92, will face Hungarian Anna Bondar, the No 5 seed, in the semi-finals.

The 21-year-old American defeated Russian Kamilla Rakhimova (6-4, 6-3) and Egyptian Mayar Sherif, the No 4 seed (4-6, 7-6 [5], 6-1) earlier in the tournament.

In the previous rounds, Sharma, ranked No 144, edged out Mexican Marcela Zacarias (1-6, 7-5, 6-4) and won against Croat wildcard Petra Marcinko (5-7, 6-3, 6-3).

Rabat WTA 250: Other qurter-final results (Union Sportive des Cheminots du Maroc, clay, USD 251.750, most recent results first):

  • Anna Bondar beat Ajla Tomljanovic (2): 5-1 ab.
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