Kvitova advances to Sydney semifinals

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SYDNEY (AP) -- Former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova advanced to the Sydney International semifinals on Wednesday with a 7-6 (4), 6-2 victory over fellow Czech player Lucie Safarova.

Kvitova, the second seed, will play the winner of the quarterfinal being played later Wednesday between Italy's Sara Errani and Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova.

In other women's play, defending champion Elena Vesnina retired from her second-round match at the Hobart International with a back injury. Spanish qualifier Estrella Cabeza Candela was leading the match 4-6, 6-2, 4-1 when Vesnina quit.

At the ATP tournament in Auckland, New Zealand, American wild card Jack Sock defeated second-seeded German Tommy Haas 6-4, 6-4. American John Isner, the third seed, also advanced with a 7-6 (1), 3-6, 6-2 win over Slovakian Lukas Lacko.