Saturday, October 11, 2008

JJ Through to Moscow Final, Safin Edges Davydenko to Reach Semis

Reigning world number 1, Jelena Jankovic, reached her third straight final when she ousted third-seeded Elena Dementieva in the Kremlin Cup semifinals on Saturday.

Jankovic overcame a miserable start to her match to notch a 0-6, 6-1, 6-0 victory over the no-longer defending champion. I bet Dementieva didn't see that coming after grabbing that bagel in the first set.

Jankovic now leads their head-to-head record 6-3.

Meanwhile, Marat Safin ended a 4-match losing streak to his compatriot and Davis Cup buddy, Nikolay Davydenko, when he edged past the two-time defending champion, 7-6,4-6, 6-4, to reach his second semifinal of the season.

Safin, who made a surprise run to this year's Wimbledon semfinals, has not won a title since his Australian Open triumph back in 2005.

The former world number one next faces Germany's Mischa Zverev, who beat rising Serb Viktor Troicki in 3 sets.

I think if Safin were to ever have a good chance of winning a title, it should be this one; especially that he's playing at home and the remaining players in the field are Zverev, Fabrice Santoro (come on he's 36) and Igor Kunitsyn (lost 3 times to Safin).

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