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Sat Apr 19 06:49:12 SAST 2014

Schiavone into semifinals at Brisbane

Sapa-AP | 05 January, 2012 08:430 Comments
2012 Brisbane International: Day 5
Francesca Schiavone of Italy plays a backhand against Jelena Jankovic of Serbia during day five of the 2012 Brisbane International at Pat Rafter Arena on January 5, 2012 in Brisbane, Australia
Image by: Chris Hyde / Getty Images

Third-seeded Francesca Schiavone saved two match points before coming back to beat former No. 1-ranked Jelena Jankovic 5-7, 7-6 (2), 6-3 on Thursday to reach the semifinals at the Brisbane International.

Schiavone, the 2010 French Open winner, saved two match points on her serve in the 12th game of the second set and then, after winning the tiebreaker and slipping to 3-1 down in the third set, won the last five games to clinch the quarterfinal victory in just under three hours on her third match point.

Schiavone will next meet the winner of Thursday’s later quarterfinal between second-seeded Andrea Petkovic and Kaia Kanepi of Estonia.

Australian Open champion Kim Clijsters will be aiming to beat Iveta Benesova in a night match to advance to a semifinal against Daniela Hantuchova.

 

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