Robin White scored her second major upset in two days Thursday, ousting seventh-seeded Gabriela Sabatini of Argentina, 6-3, 7-5, to reach the semifinals of a women's grass court tournament at Eastbourne, England.
White, who defeated second-seeded Hana Mandlikova Wednesday, said she went into her quarterfinal match determined to carefully place her shots against Sabatini, who prefers clay courts to the faster grass courts.
"I noticed Gabriela likes the ball right up around her waist," said White, 22, of San Jose. "I tried to get the ball short and low to her. That gave her just as much trouble as a drop shot."
In other matches, top-seeded Martina Navratilova, third-seeded Claudia Kohde-Kilsch of West Germany and fifth-seeded Helena Sukova of Czechoslovakia also won.
Navratilova, going for her fifth consecutive title at Eastbourne, defeated Etsuko Inoue of Japan, 6-3, 6-2; Kohde-Kilsch overpowered seventh-seeded Zina Garrison, 6-2, 7-5, while Sukova beat Larissa Savchenko of the Soviet Union, 6-1, 6-2.