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Martinez, Coetzer Reach Semis

May 12, 2000

BERLIN (AP) _ Third-seeded Conchita Martinez and No. 10 Amanda Coetzer cruised into the semifinals of the German Open with straight-set victories Friday.

Martinez ousted fellow Spaniard Gala Leon Garcia 6-4, 6-2, dominating the match between two patient baseliners.

Coetzer beat the eighth-seeded Anke Huber of Germany 6-4, 6-4.

The defeat prevented Huber from returning to the Top 10 ranks for the first time in 2 1/2 years. Huber made too many unforced errors to trouble the steady South African.

Coetzer had beaten Huber only once in five previous sanctioned matches, but this was their first showdown on clay.

After leading 2-1, Coetzer lost the next three games. But she bounced back with her tenacious play from the baseline and rare but effective forays to the net.

Coetzer hit two perfect backhands down the line on set point and followed up with a forehand volley winner to take the first set.

A break of serve late in the second allowed Coetzer to serve for the match, and she won it when Huber hit a return wide.

``Maybe she went for too many shots,″ Coetzer said.

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