Wickmayer roars into quarters
Top seed Yanina Wickmayer roared into the semi-finals of the WTA tournament in Hobart with a 6-4 6-0 win over Simona Halep.
The Belgian was pushed in the opening set but raced through the second to set up a date with either Shahar Peer.
Former world number five Anna Chakvetadze was forced to retire from her quarter-final against sixth seed in the evening session in Tasmania.
The Russian had looked impressive in winning the opening set 6-4 but began to suffer from severe cramping and succumbed 6-4 to Israel's Peer in the second.
Chakvetadze lost her opening service game in the third set and then quit.
Defending champion Jarmila Gajdosova was bounced out of the tournament at the hands of German qualifier Mona Barthel 2-6 6-3 6-2.
World number 64 Barthel, who beat second seed Anabel Median Garrigues in the second round, came from behind after a one-sided first set that went her Australian opponent's way.
Gajdosova cut a frustrated figure after things went downhill in the second, losing her cool amid poor serving and several unforced errors.
Barthel goes on to meet compatriot Angelique Kerber for a place in the final after the fourth seed claimed a nail-biting 6-0 3-6 7-5 win over Romania's Sorana Cirstea.