Elena Vesnina, seeded 8th at the Portugal Open, defeated Roberta Vinci 7-6, 4-6, 7-5 today. This victory puts the Russian into the semifinals, in which she'll face countrywoman Svetlana Kuznetsova. Kuznetsova defeated Genie Bouchard in straight sets in the quarterfinals.
A Russian vs. Russian match is generally uncomfortable for both players. This is a match I really wish I could watch, but I cannot.
Also advancing to the semifinals was Carla Suarez Navarro, who defeated Polona Hercog in straight sets. In the second round, Suarez Navarro got into the bagel trend and beat Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-0, 6-0! She will play qualifier Irina-Camelia Begu, who defeated qualifier Timea Bacsinszky.
Suarez Navarro has yet to win a WTA title.