Jankovic, Safina advance

Updated: 16 April 2007 15:55 IST

Jelena Jankovic advanced to the final of the Family Circle Cup, winning a marathon match against Venus Williams.

Jankovic, Safina advance
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Charleston:

Jelena Jankovic advanced to the final of the Family Circle Cup, winning a marathon match against Venus Williams for her second straight win against the American coming back from a wrist injury.

Jankovic, who won 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5), also beat Williams last year on the grass at Wimbledon.

She'll meet fourth-seeded Dinara Safina, who advanced when fellow Russian Vera Zvonareva, who had a wrist injury, retired during the other semi-final.

Jankovic and Williams contested every point for just over two hours on the green clay at Daniel Island.

In the end, the only thing that separated them was the last two points of the third-set tiebreaker.

They were tied 5-5 when Williams hit a forehand long, putting Jankovic up by one.

On the next point, Jankovic sent a shot past Williams along the sideline. She started to celebrate, but Williams reacted as though it was out.

The umpire checked the spot, determined it was in and Jankovic raised her hands in triumph.

Williams, who had 13 double faults, won the Family Circle Cup three years ago but Jankovic will make her first appearance in the final.

Her performance will move her up to No 7 in the next world rankings, the highest ever for the 22-year-old.

Topics : Tennis Janko Tipsarevic
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