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Ivanovic beats Pennetta to reach Linz semis

Ivanovic beats Pennetta to reach Linz semis

Ana Ivanovic reached her second semi-final in two weeks by overcoming seventh seeded Italian Flavia Pennetta 6-4 6-4 at the Linz Open on Friday.
The quality of play was worthy of a final although Pennetta was let down by a serve that produced seven double-faults.
The top-seeded Serbian, who last week reached the Zurich Open semi-finals before losing to eventual champion Venus Williams, used her strong forehand to give her an edge but the match remained in the balance until the final ball.
Both players had several chances to break in the first set but it was decided by just one for 4-3 when Ivanovic forced a forehand error from the Italian.
After four breaks of serve in the first six games of the second set Ivanovic broke to lead 4-3 with a fierce crosscourt forehand winner.
Although Pennetta came within two points of recovering the break as Ivanovic served for victory, the Serbian held on to set up a clash with third-seeded Pole Agnieszka Radwanska.
"I think it was one of the best matches I've played recently," Ivanovic told reporters. "She played very well and I thought it was a very high level of tennis.
"It was very close and could have gone either way but I knew I had to stay tough each point and try to stay composed and that's what I did so well today. I was serving really good too and that helped me with some free points."
WTA Championships
Vera Zvonareva and Venus Williams have clinched the final two places in the season-ending WTA Championships in Doha from November 4-9.
The world's top eight singles players and top four doubles teams from this season will compete for the Championships title and a share of the record prize money of US$4.45 million.
Wimbledon champion Venus will be making her third career appearance at the Championships but first since 2002, having reached the semifinals on both previous attempts while Zvonareva will be making her second appearance and first since 2004.
They join world number one Jelena Jankovic, Roland Garros champion Ana Ivanovic, U.S. Open champion Serena Williams, Roland Garros finalist and current World No.2 Dinara Safina, Olympic gold medalist Elena Dementieva and former U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova in the eight-player line-up.
"I am really pleased to have qualified for this year's season-ending Championships in Doha," said Venus Williams.
"Competing in a round robin format against the players who have performed the best in 2008 is an exciting challenge. This year has been a very positive year for me and I am looking forward to continued success in Doha."


Updated : 2021-08-03 04:59 GMT+08:00