Sloane Stephens into Hobart International semis



HOBART, Australia (AP) — Eighth-seeded Sloane Stephens advanced to the Hobart International semifinals Thursday with a 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 win over fellow American and qualifier Lauren Davis.

Stephens will play Elena Vesnina of Russia in one of Friday’s semifinals. Vesnina beat wild-card entry Jarmila Gajdosova of Australia 6-3, 6-2.

Ninth-seeded Mona Barthel of Germany beat Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria 6-3, 6-3 and will face the winner of Thursday’s night quarterfinal between Monica Niculescu of Romania and Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium.

The final is scheduled for Saturday at the Domain Tennis Centre.