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Tennis: Bouchard topples Jankovic to reach semis

Sixth-seeded Eugenie Bouchard notched one of the biggest wins of her career Friday, reaching the semi-finals of the WTA Family Circle Cup by toppling world number eight Jelena Jankovic. The 20-year-old Canadian outlasted former world number one Jankovic 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in a rematch from last year's quarter-finals at this green claycourt event. Jankovic won that one, but has now lost two out of three matches against rising star Bouchard. "I knew in the second set my game wasn't where I wanted it to be," Bouchard said.

Seeds Jankovic and Errani exit in Charleston

(Reuters) - Second-seeded Serbian Jelena Jankovic and third seed Sara Errani of Italy were both bundled out of the Family Circle Cup in Charleston on Friday in gripping quarter-final upsets. Rising Canadian star Eugenie Bouchard, a semi-finalist at the Australian Open in January, continued her rousing run at the tournament as she ousted Jankovic 6-3 4-6 6-3 after a match lasting just over two hours.

Tennis: Bouchard topples Jankovic to reach semis

Sixth seeded Eugenie Bouchard booked her spot in the semi-finals by toppling former champion Jelena Jankovic 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 at the WTA Tour's Family Circle Cup tournament on Friday. The 20-year-old Canadian outlasted second seed Jankovic in a rematch from last year's quarter-finals at this event. Jankovic won that one but has now lost two out of three matches against Bouchard. Bouchard blasted two aces and won 65 percent of her first serve points in the two hour and two minute match at the claycourt tournament.

Tennis: Bouchard holds off Venus in Charleston

Canadian starlet Eugenie Bouchard admitted it was "a bit ugly" as she held off former world number one Venus Williams 7-6 (8/6), 2-6, 6-4 to reach the Family Circle Cup quarter-finals Thursday. Bouchard, an Australian Open semi-finalist who is seeded sixth in the green claycourt WTA premier level event, saved two set points in the first-set tiebreaker, and rallied from a break down in the third to advance to a meeting with second-seeded Serbian Jelena Jankovic. Williams followed her younger sister, world number one and top seed Serena, out of the tournament.

Tennis: Bouchard holds off Venus in Charleston

Canadian starlet Eugenie Bouchard held off former world number one Venus Williams 7-6 (8/6), 2-6, 6-4 on Thursday to reach the Family Circle Cup quarter-finals. Bouchard, an Australian Open semi-finalist who is seeded sixth in the green claycourt WTA premier level event, saved two set points in the first-set tiebreaker, and rallied from a break down in the third to advance to a meeting with either second-seeded Serbian Jelena Jankovic or Croatian Ajla Tomljanovic. Williams followed her younger sister, world number one and top seed Serena Williams, out of the tournament.

Venus rises again to win in Charleston

(Reuters) - Venus Williams, battling a mystery bug and a dogged opponent who refused to lie down, advanced to the third round of the Family Circle Cup in Charleston on Wednesday. A day after her younger sister Serena was surprisingly beaten at the South Carolina event, Williams kept the family flag flying with a 7-5 7-5 victory over South African Chanelle Scheepers. It was anything but easy for the 33-year-old Williams, who won the tournament a decade ago but has struggled with health issues in recent years.

Tennis: Venus twirls into Charleston third round

Venus Williams rallied in each set on Wednesday for a 7-5, 7-5 second-round victory in the WTA Family Circle Cup, a day after sister Serena crashed out. Venus, the 11th seed who won the title on the green clay at Charleston in 2004, defeated South African Chanelle Scheepers 7-5, 7-5. "She was playing so well, but the good thing is that when I get behind, I give even more effort and get even more focused," said Venus, who lost in the semi-finals last year to her younger sister Serena.

Tennis: Li sets up quarter-final rematch with Cibulkova

Li Na needed 11 match points to put away Aleksandra Wozniak on Tuesday and book an Indian Wells clash with Dominika Cibulkova, the woman she beat in the Australian Open final. China's Li, the world number two and top seed in the $12 million combined ATP and WTA tournament, defeated Canada's Wozniak 6-1, 6-4 to secure her quarter-final berth. She steamed through the opening set in 32 minutes, but needed another hour to finally wrap up the second set against a player whose ranking has tumbled to 241st as she was sidelined by injury.

Tennis: Jankovic beats Wozniacki to set up Radwanska clash

Jelena Jankovic ended her skid against Caroline Wozniacki on Tuesday, booking a quarter-final clash at Indian Wells against second-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska. Jankovic, seeded seventh, defeated 10th-seeded Wozniacki 6-3, 6-1 in a battle of former world number ones. In a rematch of the 2010 final in the California desert won by Jankovic, the seventh-seeded Serb showed no sign of the back trouble that required several visits from the trainer during her third-round victory over Magdalena Rybarikova on Sunday.

Tennis: WTA Dubai Open results - collated

Results on second day of the WTA Dubai Open (x denotes seeding): 1st rd Ana Ivanovic (SRB) bt Angelique Kerber (GERx6) 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8/6) Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) bt Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 6-1, 7-5 Jelena Jankovic (SRB x5) bt Maryna Zanevska (UKR) 6-4, 6-3 Alize Cornet (FRA) bt Simona Halep (ROM x7) 6-1, 1-1 abandon Caroline Wozniacki (DEN x8) bt Sabine Lisicki (GER) 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 Annika Beck (GER) bt Samantha Stosur (AUS) 1-6, 6-1, 6-4 Flavia Pennetta (ITA) bt Kaia Kanepi (EST) 7-5, 6-4 2nd rd
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