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Schnyder on course for Gold Coast title

Patty Schnyder - heading for gold on the Gold Coast? Keystone

Switzerland's Patty Schnder has advanced to the semi-finals of the Australian women's hardcourt championships after crushing her German opponent, Andrea Glass, on Thursday.

Schnyder, seeded second in the tournament, breezed into the semi-finals by beating Glass 6-1, 6-3.

Her chances of winning the $170,000 Gold Coast tournament rose when the top seed, Conchita Martinez of Spain, was beaten in straight sets (6-2, 6-1) in her quarter-final by the American, Meghann Shaughnessy.

The defending champion, Silvija Talaja, also went out of the tournament, losing 6-3, 6-2 to Silvia Farina of Italy.

Schnyder will play Farina in the semi-final

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