Top-seeded Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain has advanced to the semifinals of the Canberra International women's tennis tournament in Australia.

Medina Garrigues beat Ekaterina Bychkova of Russia, 6-3, 6-4 on Wednesday to advance to the final four. She will play number four Shahar Peer of Israel, who bounced back from a first set loss after a three-hour rain delay to beat Japan's Aiko Nakamura, 2-6, 6-3, 6-0.

Sixth-seeded Catalonia Cassation of Colombia also made it into the semifinals. She was leading 5-2 when her opponent, Julia Scruff of Germany, withdrew due to heat illness.

Cassation will face South Korea's Cho Yoon-jeong, who advanced with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 win over Melinda Czink of Hungary.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.