Wozniacki, Konjuh into Istanbul semi-finals

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Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki returns to Czech Republic's Barbora Zahlavova Strycova during their women's singles fourth round match on day seven of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships, on June 30, 2014
Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki returns to Czech Republic's Barbora Zahlavova Strycova during their women's singles fourth round match on day seven of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships, on June 30, 2014 (AFP Photo/Carl Court)

Istanbul (AFP) - Top seed Caroline Wozniacki and 16-year-old Croatian qualifier Ana Konjuh reached the Istanbul WTA semi-finals on Friday.

Konjuh defeated Elina Svitolina 6-4, 1-6, 6-1 to become the youngest player to reach a WTA semifinal since a 16-year-old Donna Vekic made the Tashkent final in 2012.

Awaiting Konjuh in the semi-finals is second seed Roberta Vinci, who enjoyed a 6-0, 6-2 win over sixth seed Kurumi Nara in just 49 minutes.

Wozniacki rallied past eighth seed Karolina Pliskova, 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 while France's Kristina Mladenovic won a two-hour, 23-minute marathon against former French Open winner Francesca Schiavone, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5.

"I'm happy with the way I've been serving this week and it definitely helped me out there today," Wozniacki said.

"Karolina is a tough opponent and she always gives me a lot of trouble. I knew it was not going to be easy."