Seeds Jankovic and Errani exit in Charleston

Fri Apr 4, 2014 9:59pm EDT
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(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.

Bouchard, who beat former world number one Venus Williams in the previous round, won five of the last six games to book her place in the final four, where she will meet Andrea Petkovic, the 14th seed.

"I knew in the second set my game wasn't where I wanted it to be," Bouchard told reporters.

"She (Jankovic) did a good job of stepping in and controlling, and she changes directions a lot, so I was really on the run.

"That's not where I want to be most of the time. I needed to get back to my game. I had to move forward. It was important to have short-term memory."

Germany's Petkovic, who ousted compatriot and 2009 champion Sabine Lisicki in the third round, advanced to the semi-finals with a 6-3 1-6 6-1 victory over Czech Lucie Safarova.

Also going through to the semi-finals was 17-year-old Swiss qualifier Belinda Bencic, who stunned third-seeded Errani 4-6 6-2 6-1.

Bencic, ranked 140th in the world, broke her opponent's serve seven times in the last two sets to reach her first WTA semi-final.   Continued...