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Golovin defeats Ivanovic in Bausch & Lomb semi-finals

AP , AMELIA ISLAND, FLORIDA

France's Tatiana Golovin moved a step closer to her first WTA Tour singles title, beating Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 in cold and windy conditions on Saturday in the Bausch & Lomb semi-finals.

The eighth-seeded Golovin, 0-3 in WTA Tour finals, will face top-seeded Nadia Petrova, a 7-6 (4), 6-1 winner over Sybille Bammer.

"The conditions were very, very tough to handle. It was windy and it was really cold out there," Golovin said. "I was proud of myself because I was able to keep at it. We both could have played better."

It was the French teen's first win over the sixth-seeded Ivanovic in six tries, but the outcome could have easily been a sixth consecutive loss.

Even when she held a 5-2 lead in the third set, Golovin said she didn't feel secure.

"She was hitting some amazing shots out there," Golovin said.

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