The quarterfinal encounter of 2008 Indian Wells champion Ana Ivanovic and Marion Bartoli featured 13 breaks of serve in two sets that together lasted more than two hours. The 19th-seeded Ivanovic was desperately fighting, while for the most part of the match seed No.15 Bartoli had a small but valuable advantage. Something was constantly missing in Ivanovic’s game and Bartoli moved into the semifinals of the high-profile BNP Paribas Open with a 6-4 7-6(4) victory.
In a slow set full of breaks, at 5-4 Bartoli was serving to win it, and even though Ivanovic earned two break opportunities to level the score, Bartoli prevailed. The second set also started better for Bartoli, but Ivanovic was constantly fighting, leveling, and even led 5-4 for a short time. Bartoli was later serving for the match at 6-5, and even though Ivanovic forced a tiebreak, her troubles were cut short in that set and Bartoli made her way into the semifinals.
It will be Bartoli’s third semifinal of the season, after Brisbane and Doha. A semifinalist in Indian Wells earns $150,000. The 17th-ranked Frenchwoman will play either Shahar Peer or Yanina Wickmayer for a place in the title match.