Paris, February 10:
Defending champion Amelie Mauresmo and top-seeded Justine Henin were made to sweat in winning their Open Gaz de France quarter-finals on Friday.
Mauresmo took two hours to subdue eighth-seeded Anna Chakvetadze of Russia 7-6 (5), 7-5, while Henin was forced to go the distance by unseeded Tatiana Golovin of France before winning 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.
It was the second straight battle for Mauresmo, who has been to the indoor final five times in Paris and won twice.
Second-seeded Mauresmo will meet another Russian in semi-finals, No 4-seeded Nadia Petrova, who won their last match in the 2006-ending WTA Tour Championships. Petrova dispatched countrywoman and 2005 champ Dinara Safina 6-3, 6-2.
Henin was beaten from the baseline by Golovin in the second set but the Belgian rushed the net in the last set to prevail. Sheâ€™ll face unseeded Lucie Safarova after the Czech upset Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 6-4.
BANGKOK: Austriaâ€™s Sybille Bammer upset Chinaâ€™s Peng Shuai 6-4, 6-2 on Saturday to earn a final berth against Argentine Gisela Dulko at the Pattaya Womenâ€™s Open.
Sixth-seeded Dulko used her consistent groundstrokes to unsettle Indiaâ€™s Sania Mirza and take a 6-4, 7-5 win.