Ivanovic Gets Walkover, Joined by Pavlyuchenkova in Ugly Indian Wells Semis

Posted on March 19, 2009

Ana Ivanovic and Russian teen Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova will meet in the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells after Ivanovic received an injury walkover from her opponent, and Pavlyuchenko upset No. 7 seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 7-6(8), 6-4.

The confidence-challenged Ivanovic never needed to take the court after opponent Sybille Bammer pulled out with an injured left shoulder.

"It's the first time that I have had problems with my shoulder," the 28-year-old Austrian said. "It happened yesterday at my practice and this morning, when I was warming up, I just couldn't continue."

Bammer beat Ivanovic in the fourth round at Indian Wells in 2007.

The 18-year-old Pavlyuchenkova followed up an earlier win over Jelena Jankovic, and is in the semifinals of a WTA event for the first time in her young career.

"I'm very excited now, and more and more every day because I keep winning," Pavlyuchenkova told reporters. "It's a really big achievement for me this week. I beat some really good players...I think I'm getting more confident, which helped me a lot in this match."

Confidence will be the key in their semifinal -- the rookie Russian against the Serb who some say rocketed too quickly to the No. 1 ranking, and has since been not able to handle the pressure.

"I haven't actually played those big players before, just this year at the Australian Open and then in Paris and Dubai," Pavlyuchenkova said, looking forward to her meeting with Ivanovic. "But of course I've seen a lot of her on television so I know a little bit about her. She's definitely a good player. What I need to do is just continue to do my job, just be confident and play every point."

In the other semifinal, Belarus' Victoria Azarenka will face Russian Vera Zvonareva.