For the tenth straight time Justine Henin defeated Jelena Jankovic. Today in a battle of former No. 1s, Henin earned a tough 3-6, 7-6, 6-3 win over the Serb in the quarterfinals at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart.
Next for Henin, who has been playing with a broken pinkie on her left hand, is Shahar Peer of Israel in the semifinals. Peer ended Dinara Safina’s return to tennis with a 6-3, 6-2 win over the Russian who was playing her first event in three months.
“It was a good start. I was 3-1 up with a chance to go 4-1 up. I didn’t win that game, she won some points, I went a little bit down… I haven’t played many matches, that’s probably the cause,” Safina said. “This was my first time playing points again so to win my first match here is already not a bad result.”
The other semifinal pits the hot-handed Samantha Stosur up against little-known qualifier Anna Lapushchenkova. Stosur, who has ten straight matches on clay and 15 of her last 16 including her SF French Open run last year, was 6-3, 6-3 winner over Li Na.
Lapushchenkova, ranked No. 138, defeated Lucie Safarova 7-6, 1-6, 6-1 to reach her first career WTA semifinal. Earlier in the week the Russian beat Victoria Azarenka. The 23-year-old had just two career main draw WTA wins until this week.
The top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki was upset Thursday by Safarova.
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