'Unbelievably chuffed' Elena Baltacha into last four

AEGON Challenge: Scotland's Elena Baltacha reached the semi-finals at Nottingham with a straight-sets win over world No 41 Lucie Hradecka.

The British No 1 sits 33 places lower than her Czech opponent in the rankings, but looked at ease on her way to a 6-1 6-3 victory. Baltacha, who will play either Stephanie Dubois or Evgeniya Rodina in today's semi-final, said afterwards: "I'm unbelievably chuffed with that win. I served really well and even though she has a really good serve on grass I picked it and hit some great returns. This is really good preparation for Eastbourne and Wimbledon and it's a positive sign that I'm playing well against better players because I'm going to need to do that at those bigger tournaments."