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WASHINGTON – Donald Young reached his first ATP semifinal in three years by beating seventh-seeded Kevin Anderson 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-2 on Friday at the Citi Open.
Young, an American ranked 73rd, hadn't made it this far on tour since October 2011, when he was the Thailand Open runner-up. Two months earlier, he got to the semifinals at Washington's hard-court tuneup for the U.S. Open.
When Friday's match ended, Young screamed and slapped his chest with his right palm.
Young will face No. 2 Milos Raonic of Canada in the semifinals Saturday. Raonic, a semifinalist at Wimbledon last month, ended the surprising run of Steve Johnson, eliminating the American 7-6 (2), 6-2.
Johnson beat the tour's top two servers, John Isner and Ivo Karlovic, in his previous two matches, but he couldn't be the man who ranks third, Raonic, failing to even earn one break point Friday.
In women's action, two-time major champion Svetlana Kuznetsova moved into the semifinals when Vania King withdrew from the tournament with a right hip injury.
King also pulled out of next week's tournament in Montreal but doesn't think the injury will prevent her from entering the U.S. Open, which begins Aug. 25.
"I don't think it's serious. I don't need a couple months off. I don't need surgery," King said. "I'm going to take off a couple days and see how it feels and then go from there."
In Saturday's semifinals, the No. 6-seeded Kuznetsova will face No. 2 Ekaterina Makarova, who beat No. 5 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 7-6 (3), 6-3. The other women's semifinal is Marina Erakovic of New Zealand against Kurumi Nara of Japan.
Erakovic beat Bojana Jovanovski 6-4, 6-4, and Nara defeated Kristina Mladenovic 6-3, 6-1.