Surprising outcomes of both the Indian Wells semifinals! In the first one Jelena Jankovic got her exhilaration level to the max after rallying to beat Sabine Lisicki, while in the second semifinal we had bad news, as the star of the tournament Serena Williams gave Simona Halep a walkover, withdrawing with a knee injury.
Let’s start with the good part of the IW semifinal story. After relatively straightforwardly losing the first set to the big-hitting world No.30 Lisicki, in the beginning of the second set the hopes of JJ‘s success were fading when Lisicki went up a break in the third game. However, the German couldn’t consolidate that break and the same thing happened with her next advantage — another break up, 3-2, Lisicki allowed JJ to break back, which proved to be the turning point of the match. From then on, Lisicki’s became more error-prone and the world No.21 Jankovic used her opportunities, breaking the German’s serve to love to go 5-3 up and dominating all the way to the rest of the match for an unexpected 3-6 6-3 6-1 victory.
And JJ’s reaction to a comment that no one would have picked her to make the final:
I wouldn’t have picked myself either!
I’ve missed seeing JJ in later stages of tournaments, especially because we get to hear more often gems like this one referring to her coaching violation:
“I think I made, you know, quite enough money to pay for the fines. It’s fine. What can I do? (Laughter.)”
A facepalm followed. 😀
And now we have to move to the bad part of the Indian Wells semifinal action. Serena Williams gave Simona Halep a walkover and it’s absolutely the worst outcome of Serena’s grand return to this tournament. The problem was tremendous amount of inflammation in her right knee, but she’s positive that it will go away in a couple of days and she’ll be ready for Miami. Plus, Indian Wells will stay on her schedule for the years to come:
Really disappointed, down, sad but I thought Serena this is just an opportunity to come back next year
CAN JANKOVIC BEAT HALEP?
Their head-to-head record is 3-1 for Halep, and Halep is the one who won their last three meetings. All their encounters were three-setters and in the last two JJ ate a bagel.