In the semifinals of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati Vera Zvonareva will play Maria Sharapova and Andrea Petkovic will face Jelena Jankovic.
To reach the final four, world No.2 Vera Zvonareva toughed it out against Daniela Hantuchova. Their second set lasted one hour and 13 minutes and Hantuchova managed to earn a set point even though Zvonareva had a match point at 5-4. However, the Russian finished the match in a tiebreak 6-3 7-6(6). Zvonareva will next play Maria Sharapova, whose quarterfinal against Samantha Stosur lasted shorter than Zvonareva’s second set. Sharapova cruised past Stosur, 6-3 6-2 and their head-to-head is now 9-0!
The other semifinal will feaure Andrea Petkovic and Jelena Jankovic. Petkovic advanced with a 7-5 6-1 win over Nadia Petrova, while Jankovic didn’t even go to the court, as her quarterfinal opponent, Peng Shuai, withdrew an hour before the match with a left hip injury. Petkovic and Jankovic played each other two times so far, and both the meetings were this year. Petkovic leads 2-0. (photos: © Neal Trousdale)