Palermo Ladies Open: Petra Martic to face Anett Kontaveit, Fiona Ferro against local favourite Camila Giorgi in semi-finals
Martic beat qualifier Aliaksandra Sasnovich 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3) then Kontaveit defeated Italian teenager Elisabetta Cocciaretto 6-1, 4-6, 6-1.
Local organisers and the WTA Tour have been vigilant about abiding by strict health protocols in order to hold this week’s Palermo Ladies Open, the first tour-level tennis tournament for men or women in five months.
Petra Martić got past qualifier Liudmila Samsonova and will next face another qualifier, Aliaksandra Sasnovich.
Palermo Ladies Open: Former Roland Garros finalist Sara Errani showing signs of clay-court revival in Italy
Sara Errani will next face rising French player Fiona Ferro, who beat eighth-seeded Ekaterina Alexandrova 7-5, 6-2.
Palermo Open organisers, who would not name the player, said she was admitted to a national health facility designated for asymptomatic patients with COVID-19.