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Bjorkman, Darcis advance to quarterfinals, Govortsova to final in Memphis

Bjorkman, Darcis advance to quarterfinals, Govortsova to final in Memphis

Swedish veteran Jonas Bjorkman saved a match point in beating American teenager Donald Young 1-6, 6-2, 7-6 (6) in the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships quarterfinals on Friday.
Bjorkman, 36 next month, saved a match point at 7-6 in the tiebreaker, then nailed his second chance to end the nearly two-hour match against 18-year-old Young.
It will be his first semifinals since June at Nottingham, just before he progressed o the Wimbledon semis.
Bjorkman, owner of six ATP singles titles and 10 Grand Slam doubles titles, is making his season debut here this week after staying home for the birth of his second child.
On Saturday he'll meet Steve Darcis of Belgium, who crushed Benjamin Becker of Germany 6-1, 6-0 in 51 minutes to reach his second career semis.
The first were last July at Amersfoort, Netherlands, where Darcis won his maiden ATP title. Since then, Darcis hadn't won consecutive matches on the tour until this week.
In the women's Cellular South Cup, fifth-seeded Olga Govortsova of Belarus beat last year's runner-up Shahar Peer of Israel 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 to reach her first career final.
Govortsova beat Peer for a second straight time, marking her only wins against a top-20 player. In the final she will play either fourth-seeded Lindsay Davenport or New Zealand qualifier Marina Erakovic.


Updated : 2021-01-25 05:52 GMT+08:00