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

Bjorkman, Darcis advance to quarterfinals, Davenport, 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 6-5 in the tiebreaker with a strong service winner. Bjorkman won the next point with a good backhand after a volley, and then 18-year-old Young finished it himself by hitting a backhand into the net before throwing his racket.
It will be Bjorkman's first semifinals since June at Nottingham. The owner of six ATP singles titles and 10 Grand Slam doubles titles, he is making his season debut here 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, fourth-seeded Lindsay Davenport overwhelmed New Zealand qualifier Marina Erakovic 6-0, 6-3 and set up a shot at her 55th career title in her Memphis debut. Davenport lost only nine points on serve.
Davenport will be going for her fourth title since giving birth to her son last June. She won at Auckland this year, but has not won in the United States since New Haven in 2005.
"It's great," Davenport said of reaching the final. "I've expected to win every match and so to come through and perform is great. I didn't play well in Australia and the week after, so I'm excited I got back on the right foot here and hopefully can continue this momentum through the next few tournaments in the United States."
Saturday's final will be the first for fifth-seeded Olga Govortsova of Belarus, who beat last year's runner-up Shahar Peer of Israel 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.
Govortsova beat Peer for a second straight time, marking her only wins against a top-20 player.


Updated : 2021-05-09 13:58 GMT+08:00