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Jelena Jankovic earns semifinal berth at Indian Wells

Jelena Jankovic

World number nine Jelena Jankovic reached her first semifinal of the season by beating Alisa Kleybanova 6-4 6-4 in the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

The sixth-seeded Serb, a semifinalist at Indian Wells two years ago, won four straight games to come back from 2-4 down in the second set and win the error-strewn quarterfinal against the 23rd-seeded Russian. Jankovic made 21 unforced errors, while Kleybanova piled up a total of 40. However, the Russian was better in the number of winners, hitting 19 compared to Jankovic’s seven.

The 20-year-old Kleybanova was coming off her maiden WTA title at the Malaysian Open last month, and Jankovic ended her eight-match winning streak.

Jankovic’s semifinal opponent will be the winner of the Samantha Stosur vs. Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez match. The other two already known semifinalists are good friends Caroline Wozniacki and Agnieszka Radwanska. (photo by our reader Colleen)

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7 thoughts on “Jelena Jankovic earns semifinal berth at Indian Wells

  1. Bróna

    It's nice to see her winning again, after all the surprising losses we've become accustomed to over the last few months. I really hope she wins the title because she is really deserving of it with all the other big names crashing out early. Now that I've said that, I've probably jinxed her :P I didn't expect her to defeat either Peer or Kleybanova so she has certainly exceeded my expectations. Don't mess this up JJ! :)

  2. bb

    Totally agree with Brona. I watched her play and she was a fighter out there, but Kleybanova did make tons of unforced errors. I thought it would be a tight one.

    I wish she wins! She is a star, and actually has a star names after her in the galaxy! lol

    She is getting back in form which is most important. She has so much more potential!I believe that she has the chance to be number 1 again!

    Go JJ!

  3. RBRT

    Thank God. JJ this is the time to regain back your lost confidence. Please go all the way and win the title! Your fans will be praying for you.

  4. zeksi

    it's really nice to see JJ winning again . I hope that she will beat Sam tonight , match starts at 12: 00 o'clock at local time, or at 20:00 at serbian time .veliki pozz za tebe Marija …..

  5. Marija Post author

    Congrats on reaching the final, JJ! Good luck. Finally some sort of resurrection of Serbian women's tennis.

    Zeksi, regards from Novi Sad.

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