Top seed Serena Williams and fourth seed Jelena Jankovic fell in the quarterfinals of the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford.
Williams lost to Australian Samantha Stosur 6-2 3-6 6-2, while Marion Bartoli solidified her “I always beat her” statement by defeating Jankovic 3-6 7-6(3) 6-3.
Williams was holding double break point for a 3-2 lead in the third set, but Stosur fought them off to win that game and then barely looked back winning all the following games. Stosur has thus claimed her equal best career win, having beaten then-world No.2 Dinara Safina at Miami.
Stosur’s opponent in the semifinals will be Bartoli, as Jankovic didn’t have her revenge for the comments and fell to the eighth seed despite holding double match point in the second set. Bartoli even came back from a break down in the deciding set to beat Jankovic for the fourth time in their last five matches.
Second and third seeds Venus Williams and Elena Dementieva are safely through to the semifinals. Williams crushed Maria Sharapova 6-2 6-2, and Dementieva defeated Daniela Hantuchova 6-2 6-4.
Stosur won her only previous meeting with Bartoli, but it was three years ago. As for the other semifinal pair, Williams has won eight of her 10 encounters with Dementieva. (photo by our reader Colleen)