Defending champion Jelena Jankovic, seeded fourth, dismantled Venus Williams‘ power game and advanced to the semifinals of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. Jankovic defeated Williams 5-7 6-3 6-2.
“I was fighting for every point,” said the world No.4. “Venus is really strong, and to win you have to really play your best.”
I didn’t get to see the match, but as I can read in the news, Williams was let down by her forehand.
In the semis Jelena Jankovic will meet either ninth-seeded Patty Schnyder or second-seeded Maria Sharapova, who are now playing their quarterfinal. The other semifinal will feature French qualifier Alize Cornet, who advanced as injured Serena Williams withdrew, and sixth seed Russian Anna Chakvetadze.