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'Polish Power' To Face British Duo In KL Semis; Top Seeds Win In Bangkok

Doubles 2012

Top-seeded Poles Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski advanced to the semi-finals of the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur on Thursday as they defeated Canadian/Indian duo Vasek Pospisil and Sanam Singh 4-6, 6-3, 10-5. The ‘Polish Power’ won the title in 2009 (d. Kunitsyn/Levinsky) and are bidding for their third title of the season this week.

For a place in the final, Fyrstenberg and Matkowski will face British tandem Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins, who fired eight aces as they upset fourth seeds Julian Knowle and Filip Polasek 6-3, 2-6, 10-4 in 78 minutes. Afterwards, Fleming (@colin_fleming) tweeted, “We got another W today so through to play top seeds Fyrstenberg/Matkowski in semis. Good test against a top 8 team, looking forward to it!”

Third seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares reached their second semi-final of the season as they defeated Nikolay Davydenko and Dick Norman 7-5, 6-4. The Austrian/Brazilian pairing were runners-up in Bastad in July (l. to Lindstedt/Tecau).

At the Thailand Open in Bangkok, top seeds Leander Paes and Horia Tecau battled into the semi-finals with a 6-0, 3-6, 10-5 victory over Janko Tipsarevic and Alexander Waske. The 39-year-old Paes is playing his first event since reaching the US Open final with Radek Stepanek (l. to Bryans) and is bidding to win the Bangkok title for the third time (2005, 2008). The 27-year-old Tecau has won four ATP World Tour titles this year and reached the Wimbledon final with regular partner, Robert Lindstedt.

In the semi-finals, Paes/Tecau will face fourth seeds Eric Butorac and Paul Hanley, who dismissed Christopher Kas and Viktor Troicki 6-4, 6-2 in 56 minutes. The 31-year-old Butorac won the Bangkok title in 2009 (w/ Ram). The 34-year-old Hanley is also a former champion, winning with Paes in 2005.

Wild cards Yen-Hsun Lu and Danai Udomchoke reached the semi-finals with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over British/Brazilian pairing Jamie Murray and Andre Sa. Lu and Udomchoke are making their second appearance together in a tour-level main draw.

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