Samantha Crawford of the U.S. plays a shot in her quarter final game against Andrea Petkovic of Germany during the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)
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American qualifier Samantha Crawford continued her breakout run at the Brisbane International by storming into her first WTA semi-final after pummeling Andrea Petkovic Thursday.The 20-year-old Atlanta native, ranked 142nd in the world, blasted 22 winners against the befuddled German in a 6-3 6-0 rout to further enhance her reputation, although the former U.S. Open junior champion was surprised about her achievement.Crawford is playing in just her sixth WTA Tour event and her strong showing at an event which has seen the top seeds succumb to injuries should bring her inside the top 100 for the first time.Germany's Angelique Kerber also booked a semi-final spot in Brisbane as she beat Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenko 6-4 6-4 .
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