Saturday, June 11, 2011
Ivanovic, Hantuchova, Peng and Lisicki into Brimmingham semi's
With neither player having dropped a set this week, something has got to give and Ivanovic, who reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon in 2007, has been in ominous form on the grass since her arrival in the UK.
Ivanovic dropped just three points on serve in the opening set against Mirjana Lucic, and although her level dropped in the second, she needed less than an hour to wrap up a 6-3 6-4 victory.
"It's a work in progress," Ivanovic said. "I had a few disappointing losses on clay, but I am just enjoying competing on again on grass. Since the first match I have felt good about myself, and my game."
Next up for Ivanovic is Hantuchova, who was the first player to march into the last four with a 6-2 6-4 win over Alison Riske. The American, who sealed a place in the main draw at Wimbledon after beating Aravane Rezai in the third round, had led 4-3 in the second set, but Hantuchova dug deep and a Riske double fault sealed the fourth seed's progress.
In the other half of the draw, Heather Watson's victor Shuai Peng needed all three sets to navigate her way past New Zealand's Marina Erakovic 6-4 4-6 6-3. Peng will now face Sabine Lisicki, who beat Magdalena Rybarikova 7-6(1) 6-4.