Schnyder drops out
Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:41
Second-seed Schnyder, who last triumphed on the surface in Palermo in 1998, lasted just half-an-hour before forfeiting with the German 4-3 ahead.
Top seed Flavia Pennetta had it easier with a comfortable 6-4 6-4 win over France’s Aravane Rezai, while her fellow Italian Tathiana Garbin defeated Olga Govortsova 6-2 6-1.
The crowd then cheered a third home player into the last four as Sara Errani edged Yaroslava Shvedova 6-2 7-5.