Tennis: Safarova storms into first Wimbledon semi-final, Czech finalist assured

LONDON (AFP) - Lucie Safarova stormed into her first Grand Slam semi-final, as the Czech 23rd seed thrashed Russia's Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 6-1 at Wimbledon on Tuesday.

The Czech was playing in her first quarter-final at the majors since the 2007 Australian Open and showed no signs of being overawed in a ruthless 57-minute rout of the 22nd seed on Court One.

Safarova will play one of her compatriots in the last four as she is scheduled to meet the winner of Tuesday's all-Czech quarter-final between Petra Kvitova, the 2011 Wimbledon champion, and world No. 43 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.

It will be the first time two Czech women have advanced to the semi-finals at the same Grand Slam since Hana Mandlikova and Helena Sukova at the 1986 French Open.

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