Maria Shapova, Jelena Jankovic advance to Tokyo semifinals


Maria SharapovaJelena Jankovic of Serbia and Maria Sharapova of Russia remain on course to face each other in the final of the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.

The seventh-seeded Jankovic, the highest-ranked player left in the draw, ended a losing streak against No.14 seed Marion Bartoli of France, defeating her 6-4 6-3 to reach the semifinals. Bartoli had beaten Jankovic in their last four meetings, twice in 2007 and twice this year.

The Serb’s next opponent will be No.15 seed Li Na of China, who won a tight match against Belorussian Victoria Azarenka, seeded eighth, 7-6(7) 4-6 7-6(4).

Maria Sharapova rallied from a set down in both sets against Czech Iveta Benesova, to win 6-4 7-5 and advance to the last four. Next up for Sharapova will be No.11 seed Agnieszka Radwanska, who rounded out the semis with a 6-3 6-1 victory over Magdalena Rybarikova. (photo: Ralf Reinecke)


  1. They advanced to the final today, both looked very tired today. I’m pulling for Maria tomorrow definitely, take your first comeback title babe! 🙂

    I hope she withdraws from Beijing. She’s so tired already, and it’s not worth it. And will anyone take a look at the draw in Beijing? Victoria in 2nd round, Jelena in 3rd, Serena in QF, Venus/Svetlana in SF. If she even makes the SF I’m gonna go record myself dancing.

  2. Teerin, I’ll be rooting for Jelena. 😉 And haven’t you noticed how top players are falling? We can’t predict anything anymore.

  3. Yes I know. But Errorpova shows up when she’s tired, and I don’t think she can do much in Beijing if Errorpova shows up.

    I hope Returnapova shows up tomorrow. 😛 And of course you have you cheer for your countrywoman. Just imagine me fistpumping when Maria wins a point. 😀


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