Clijsters, Ivanovic advance to semi-final meeting

Updated: 14 August 2010 17:34 IST

Former world number ones Ana Ivanovic of Serbia and Kim Clijsters of Belgium advanced to a semi-final showdown at the two million-dollar WTA Cincinnati Open wit

Clijsters, Ivanovic advance to semi-final meeting

Cincinnati : Former world number ones Ana Ivanovic of Serbia and Kim Clijsters of Belgium advanced to a semi-final showdown at the two million-dollar WTA Cincinnati Open with straight-set victories on Friday.

Fourth seed Clijsters, who made her return to tennis at this event a year ago before winning her second Grand Slam title a month later at the US Open, ousted Italy's Flavia Pennetta 7-6 (8/6), 6-4.

Clijsters fired seven aces and connected on 67 percent of her first serves but the Italian would not go out easily, saving 11 of 14 break-point chances by Clijsters.

Ivanovic dominated without facing a break point in a 6-1, 6-3 triumph over Akgul Amanmuradova of Uzbekistan that lasted just 56 minutes.

Russian teen Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova recovered from a 5-1 deficit in the first set and outlasted Belgium's Yanina Wickmayer 7-5, 3-6, 6-1.

It was the ninth match triumph in a row for the Russian, who is coming off a title at Istanbul.

Russian star Maria Sharapova and France's Marion Bartoli meet in a later quarter-final for the chance to meet Pavlyuchenova in Saturday's other semi-final.

Topics : Tennis Ana Ivanovic
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