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Sara Errani survives to make semifinals on clay in Rio; Nadal faces Cuevas, Ferrer gets Monaco

  • Rafael Nadal, of Spain, eyes a ball at the quarter-finals match of the Rio Open tennis tournament against Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, early Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

    Rafael Nadal, of Spain, eyes a ball at the quarter-finals match of the Rio Open tennis tournament against Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, early Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)  (The Associated Press)

  • Rafael Nadal, of Spain, returns the ball to Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay at the quarter-finals of the Rio Open tennis tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, early Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

    Rafael Nadal, of Spain, returns the ball to Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay at the quarter-finals of the Rio Open tennis tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, early Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay, serves to Rafael Nadal of Spain at the quarter-finals of the Rio Open tennis tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, early Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

    Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay, serves to Rafael Nadal of Spain at the quarter-finals of the Rio Open tennis tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, early Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)  (The Associated Press)

Top-seeded Sara Errani of Italy reached the semifinals of the Rio Open Friday after Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil retired in the deciding third set.

Maia, who won took the first set, stopped with the score 3-6, 7-6 (2), 3-0 in Errani's favor.

Errani will face No. 5 Johanna Larsson of Sweden, who defeated Dinah Pfizenmaier of Germany 6-4, 6-0.

Second-seeded Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania made the last four, beating Julie Glushko of Israel 6-1, 6-2. Begu will play No. 6 Anna Schmiedlova of Slovakia Saturday. She beat Veronica Cepede Royg 6-3, 6-1.

On the men's side of the WTA-ATP combined event, No. 1 Rafael Nadal of Spain plays late against No. 6 Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay for a semifinals berth. No. 2 David Ferrer faces Juan Monaco of Argentina.