Kasatkina beats Kudermetova to reach French Open semi-finals

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Daria Kasatkina downed fellow Russian Veronika Kudermetova 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) on Wednesday to reach the French Open semi-finals for the first time. Kasatkina, the 20th seed, has never managed the last four in any grand slam before and prevailed in front of partly empty stands after a previous late night on Court Philippe Chatrier for the Rafa Nadal-Novak Djokovic match. Kudermetova needed a medical timeout for an apparent foot problem while leading 6-5 in the second set. Kasatkina’s final winner was a superb drop-shot. Kasatkina next faces the winner of the quarter-final between number one seed Ig…

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