Jelena Jankovic of Serbia and Maria Sharapova of Russia remain on course to face each other in the final of the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.
The seventh-seeded Jankovic, the highest-ranked player left in the draw, ended a losing streak against No.14 seed Marion Bartoli of France, defeating her 6-4 6-3 to reach the semifinals. Bartoli had beaten Jankovic in their last four meetings, twice in 2007 and twice this year.
The Serb’s next opponent will be No.15 seed Li Na of China, who won a tight match against Belorussian Victoria Azarenka, seeded eighth, 7-6(7) 4-6 7-6(4).
Maria Sharapova rallied from a set down in both sets against Czech Iveta Benesova, to win 6-4 7-5 and advance to the last four. Next up for Sharapova will be No.11 seed Agnieszka Radwanska, who rounded out the semis with a 6-3 6-1 victory over Magdalena Rybarikova. (photo: Ralf Reinecke)