Dokic, Groth reach Malaysian Open semis
Australia's Jelena Dokic reached her first semi-finals in seven years by beating Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 in the Malaysian Open.
Australia’s Jelena Dokic reached her first semi-finals in seven years by beating Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 in the Malaysian Open.
Dokic was a former world No.4 who drifted away from the tour from 2004 to 2008 then became the fourth wild card to reach a Grand Slam quarter-final in the Open era at the 2009 Australian Open in front of home fans.
Dokic, ranked 91, hit seven aces against Jovanovski, the Serbian teen seeded eighth.
A second Australian advanced when fourth-seeded Jarmila Groth beat No.6 Ayumi Morita of Japan 7-5 3-6 7-5.
Groth, already a winner of her second career title in January in Hobart on home soil, will play No. 5 Lucie Safarova on Saturday.
The Czech ended a three-match losing streak against No.2 Marion Bartoli of France 6-1, 6-4.
Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands made it to her first semis on tour in six years by accounting for Luxembourg qualifier Anne Kremer 6-2, 6-3.
It was the first win in three matches against Kremer for Krajicek, who knocked out defending champ Alisa Kleybanova on Thursday.
Krajicek will play Dokic in the last four.