Top seeds through to Monaco semis

After all the upsets of round one, normal order of sorts was restored in the quarter-finals of the 17th edition of the Monte Carlo Classic in Monaco, four seeds including the top two winning through to the semi-finals.

Top seed Madeline Perry enjoyed the easiest passage into the last four as she received a walkover against an ill Lisa Aitken, and there she’ll meet eighth seeded Egyptian Heba El Torky who overcame Lucie Fialova in four tough games after 53 minutes.

Egypt were guaranteed a second semi-finalist as Omneya Abdel Kawy took on Nour El Tayeb. Kawy, seeded five after an extended absence from the circuit, recovered from losing the first game to beat Nour El Tayeb, seeded three, in four games that took just half an hour.

Defending champion Natalie Grinham took three minutes longer to end the run of young Welshwoman Tesni Evans in straight games, keeping her bid for a fourth Monaco title on track.

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