Jankovic sails through to Guangzhou semi-finals

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Beijing—Defending champion Jelena Jankovic of Serbia beat Germany’s Sabine Lisicki in the quarter-finals of the WTA Guangzhou International Women’s Open Thursday, getting her a step closer to the $226,750 top prize.
Second seed and former world number one Jankovic beat 2013 Wimbledon finalist Lisicki 7-6 (7/4), 6-4 to advance to Friday’s semi-finals, where she will face third seeded Croatian Ana Konjuh. The tournament’s two US players took a beating, with Konjuh knocking out American Jennifer Brady 6-4, 7-5 and Ukranian Lesia Tsurenko securing a win over fifth seed Alison Riske 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 in a match that lasted nearly two hours.
Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland, fresh off a surprise win 6-7 (7/9), 6-3,6-4 against top seed Sara Errani that had shot her into the quarter-finals the night before, couldn’t recreate the magic, losing 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 to Anett Kontaveit of Estonia, listed as 129th in the WTA singles rankings.
Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic scored a shock win over top seed Sara Errani Wednesday to advance to the quarter-finals of the Guangzhou Open. Golubic, 23, slugged it out against the 29-year-old Italian for three hours before securing a 6-7 (7/9), 6-3, 6-4 win.
She next faces Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit. Second-seed and defending champion Jelena Jankovic of Serbia cruised through after Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson retired in the second set. Former Wimbledon runner-up Sabine Lisicki of Germany beat China’s Peng Shuai 6-4, 6-1.—AFP