Jankovic advances to Doha semifinals

Nov. 6, 2008 at 6:17 PM

DOHA, Qatar, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Jelena Jankovic, the world's top-ranked women's tennis player, won her match Thursday at the round-robin Sony Ericsson Championships at Doha, Qatar.

The Serbian, the No. 1 seed at the season-ending tournament, secured a berth in Saturday's semifinals with a 7-6 (8-6), 6-4 victory over No. 6 Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia in the White Group.

"In the beginning for a couple of games I played very well, but then I kind of stopped," said Jankovic, who hurt her back midway through the match.

Kuznetsova sank to 0-2 and has been eliminated from semifinal contention, along with Russia's Vera Zvonareva.

In the Maroon Group, reigning Wimbledon champion Venus Williams, the seventh seed, recorded a 5-7, 6-1, 6-0 win over her younger sister, Serena, the third seed. In another Maroon Group match, fifth-seeded Elena Dementieva of Russia downed compatriot and No. 2 seed Dinara Safina 6-2, 6-4.

Sunday's champion will collect $1.34 million.

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