Defending champ Larsson advances to Swedish Open semifinals

Angelique Kerber of Germany returns to Serena Williams of the U.S during the women's singles final on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Saturday, July 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
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BASTAD, Sweden (AP) Defending champion Johanna Larsson advanced to the Swedish Open semifinals by beating fourth-seeded Annika Beck 7-5, 6-1 Friday.

The eighth-seeded Swede, who won her first WTA title in Bastad in 2015, lost her serve toward the end of the first set but recovered to win the opener, before comfortably taking the second set against her Germna opponent.

''I really do love playing on home turf,'' the 27-year-old Larsson said. ''Without the support things would've been much harder for me.''

Larsson plays Katerina Siniakova on Saturday. The Czech beat second-seeded Sara Errani of Italy 7-6 (2), 6-3 in the quarterfinals.

In an all-German semifinal, Julia Goerges takes on Laura Siegemund, who beat Spain's Lara Arruabarrena 7-5, 6-3.

Goerges needed three sets to beat Karin Knapp of Italy 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.