Ferrer cruises into last four
Top seed David Ferrer took just 42 minutes to beat Dutch wild card Igor Sijsling 6-0 6-1 at the Unicef Open in 's-Hertogenbosch on Thursday.
Ferrer dropped just three points on his serve in the whole match and broke Sijsling five times to record a crushing victory as he bids to retain a title he first claimed on his debut in 2008.
To do it again Ferrer will first have to beat semi-final opponent Benoit Paire, after the French world number 70 ended the run of Japan's Tatsuma Ito with a 6-3 7-5 triumph in 72 minutes.
The second men's semi-final will pit German qualifier Philipp Petzschner against Belgian veteran Xavier Malisse after they came through games against Edouard Roger-Vasselin and Gilles Muller respectively.
In the women's quarter-finals Francesca Schiavone failed to pull off another great escape after saving eight match points in the last 16. Schiavone fell 6-3 7-6 (9/7) to former world number one Kim Clijsters.
Clijsters will play Polish qualifier Urszula Radwanska, who beat Sweden's Sofia Arvidsson 6-2 7-6 (7/3). Nadia Petrova upset third seed Dominika Cibulkova 6-2 6-0 to also progress.
The fourth women's quarter-final, between Italy's Roberta Vinci and Kirsten Flipkens, was suspended due to rain with Flipkens leading 6-4 6-5 and will resume on Friday.