Fatma advances in Spain tourney

Muscat: Top Omani tennis star Fatma al Nabhani powered into the singles quarterfinals and doubles semifinals of the $15,000 ITF Pro Circuit Las Palmos de Gran Canaria tournament in Spain on Wednesday. In a singles second round match, top seeded Fatma thrashed German qualifier Vivien Klein 6-0, 6-4.
In the quarterfinals, Fatma will take on Portuguese sixth seed Ines Murta, who booked her place in the last eight stage with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Spanish qualifier Lidia Moreno Arias.
Later, Fatma along with Spaniard Arabela Fernandez Rabener overcame the challenge of French-German pair of Fiona Codino and Jil Nora Engelmann 6-2, 6-4 win in the doubles quarterfinals.
The third seeds will now take on second-seeded pair of Melaine Klaffner of Austria and Fanny Ostlund of Sweden in the semifinals.
Melaine and Fanny reached the last four with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Spain’s Almudena Sainz-Llanega Fernandez and Great Britain’s Tiffany William.