Marion Bartoli, who is the oldest player left in the draw, defeated former world No.1 Ana Ivanovic to become the first woman to reach the Indian Wells semi-finals.
The 26-year-old Frenchwoman broke through to the semis for the first time in nine appearances as she beat Ivanovic 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) on Wednesday.
Bartoli finished off the 2008 Indian Wells champion Ivanovic with a overhead forehand winner to end the match.
In the night match, Belgium’s Yanina Wickmayer defeated Shahar Peer of Israel 6-3, 6-3 to reach her first semi-final in Indian Wells.
In the men’s tournament Rafael Nadal beat qualifier Somdev Devvarman 7-5, 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals.
The world’s top-ranked player dominated his first two matches, dropping just six games, but he was challenged from the start by Devvarman, the first Indian ever to reach the fourth round at Indian Wells.
Roger Federer defeated wild card Ryan Harrison 7-6 (4), 6-3, improving to 17-2 this year.
Nadal won a tight first set, then held serve to lead 5-4 in the second. He got some breathing room on Devvarman’s serve, going up 40-love and sending a forehand past the 26-year-old Indian at the net to close out the match.
Novak Djokovic extended his winning streak to 15 matches with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Viktor Troicki.
Eighth-seeded Andy Roddick fought his temper and No. 18 Richard Gasquet of France, losing 6-3, 7-6 (5).
Roddick argued with the umpire when he trailed 3-1 in the second set, telling him he was giving him a warning of his own. He rallied to lead 6-5 before a backhand error allowed Gasquet to force the tiebreaker.
“With the mistakes he made, it’s only fair that I would give him a warning,” Roddick said. “I only made one mistake. I only broke one racket. He missed a couple of calls, so I feel like it was a little presumptuous of him to give me a warning off one broken racket.”
Roddick fell behind 5-2 in the tiebreaker, tossing his racket when Gasquet hit a winner into the corner off his drop shot. Roddick rallied to 5-5 but the Frenchman hit a backhand winner off a Roddick second serve on his first match point to close out the contest.
Chen Jifang hits the gym for at least two hours every day and has the physique to prove it. At nearly 70, she is being held up as a shining example as China orders its vast population to get fit and lose the bulge. The grandmother from Shanghai has become a minor celebrity in in the past few months after her newfound and unlikely love for working out made national headlines. After becoming a gym regular in December 2018, Chen lost 14kg in three months, and now sports the kind of flat stomach and toned muscles that people decades younger aspire to. She
’SO CONSISTENT’: The victory gave the world No. 1 and world No. 2 a 21-1 win-loss record and their fourth title of the season after successes in Brisbane, Dubai and Doha Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Sunday cruised to their fourth women’s doubles title of the season at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome in their first tournament back since the suspension of the WTA Tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The top seeds took just 63 minutes to complete a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 victory over unseeded German-Romanian duo Anna-Lena Friedsam and Raluca Olaru at the Foro Italico. It was the Taiwanese-Czech pairing’s first outing since they won the Qatar Open in February. “After five months, you don’t know what to expect,” Strycova told the WTA Web site.
‘GREAT EVENING‘: In the women’s singles in Rome, Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova advanced, while Rafael Nadal swept into the quarters in the men’s singles Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Friday had to dig deep to advance to the semi-finals of the women’s doubles at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. The top seeds, who did not drop a game in their opening match on the clay courts at the Foro Italico, battled to a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 victory over sixth seeds Veronika Kudermetova and Katerina Siniakova in 1 hour, 39 minutes. The reigning Wimbledon champions saved nine of 11 break points and converted three of eight, winning 56 percent of points on their second serve and sending down two aces
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