Friday, March 19, 2010

Indian Wells Results: Ljubicic, Rafa, JJ and Stosur Reach Semis

After stunning the crowd in Indian Wells with his win over Novak Djokovic, Ivan Ljubicic kept his dream run alive, backing up his win with comeback 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 win over Juan Monaco the day before his 31st birthday to reach the semifinals. “I got a phone call from my brother just after the match. He said that in Croatian time zone I finish just like couple seconds before my birthday, so it’s fantastic,” Ljubicic said.

6th seeded Jelena Jankovic is also having a surprisingly impressive week, having little trouble reaching the semifinals, beating Alisa Kleybanova 6-4, 6-4. Lately the Serbian has had her fair share of difficulties regarding her tennis, but it seems as though she is back to her playing ways of 2008.

“I haven’t been playing well,” JJ said. “So it’s nice to get that feeling back and to be winning again and be in the end of the tournament again.”

In the night match, Rafael Nadal was electric in ousting Tomas Berdych in straights, 6-4, 7-6 (4). In his first tournament back since a knee injury hampered him in Australia, Nadal is crediting his performance thus far to his going for more on his groundstrokes, telling the press, "I’m playing a big forehand from baseline and going inside the court, being more aggressive.”

Sam Stosur has quietly been steamrolling her competition, as the Aussie has yet to drop a set in 4 matches, most recently defeating Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez 6-3, 7-6 (7). With her result so far, she will be assured a spot inside the top 10 for the first time in her career in next week's version of the WTA rankings.

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