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Errani plows through Putintseva, 7-6, 6-1, secures final spot in Volvo Car Open semis

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Sara Errani has punched her ticket to the semifinals on Saturday in Charleston after outlasting Yulia Putintseva in two sets Friday night.

Errani and Putintseva put together a first set that lasted nearly 90 minutes, laying the groundwork for what could have been a match that lasted well into the night.

"It was tough, I mean a really long set. It was tough for me to close the point. I would always try to be aggressive, but she ran really good, she ran a lot, and I was not able to close the points so it was tough," Errani said.

"I was a bit angry about that, but I know that the level is there and I can win even if I was 5-3 down. I mean, just try to keep pushing, keep staying there and it was good for me."

Errani said she had to focus her anger on competing and getting every point.

And then Putintseva extended herself too far chasing an Errani return and came up favoring her right leg.

From there on, Putintseva had trouble pushing off her right leg and Errani capitalized, quickly ending the match.

Errani faces Elena Vesnina, who beat Laura Seigemund in the match prior, 7-5, 6-4, in a lightning-fast match. Errani says she is looking forward to the matchup.

"For the moment I think I will talk with my coach about this one. And then tomorrow another tough match, but I'm really happy to be in the semifinal," she said.

With Errani's win, the semifinals are set at the 2016 Volvo Car Open. Singles play will not begin before 1 p.m. when defending champion Angelique Kerber takes on Sloane Stephens.

Kerber says she's having a great time in Charleston this year and feels a lot like she did leading up to her 2015 championship. Stephens is having her best tournament in Charleston to date and looking to advance into Sunday's final.

Then Errani takes on Vesnina, locking in the final two players in this year's tournament.

In doubles play, Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic take on Anna-Lena Groenfeld and Seigemund in the 10 a.m. match.

The final match of the day, the second doubles pairing, will feature Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova taking on the winner of Friday night's quarterfinal between Raquel Atawo and Abigail Spears and Vania King and Alla Kudryavtseva.

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