Jankovic routs Venus in Italy

Jelena Jankovic dashed hopes of an all-Williams in the semifinals at the WTA Internazionali BNL d’Italia impressive 6-1 6-0 Venus in Rome.

25-year-old Serbian, ranked seventh in the world

The 25-year-old Serbian, ranked seventh in the world, just gave U.S. rival into a look on the road to complete victory and will face his younger sister in Italian clay.

World number one Serena Williams, who competes in her first WTA tournament since winning the Australia Open in January, before he continued his return from a knee injury with a routine 6-1 6-4 win over Russian Maria Kirilenko.

The second semifinal will be between the Serb Ana Ivanovic and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, who both upset seeded opposition in Rome today.

Ivanovic, herself a former world number one showed signs that he might return to his best in a 6-2, 7-5 to fourteenth-seeded Russian Nadia Petrova.

“I’ve been feeling really good on the court for a couple of weeks and I really felt that it could happen any week,” said the 22-year-old Serbian.

“He needed to get some momentum and start to play more games because that’s what I’ve been away for so long.

“I’m very glad I came here, because last week it just was not happening. Having these items means a lot here.

“For too long, I think this is the best for me, and obviously against the best players win gives you confidence.

“My serve has been a big problem for me during the past year and a half, two years, and now it is obvious that helps me in my game, and puts less stress on other parts of my game because I feel more confident that I can hold my serve. ”

Martinez Sanchez of Spain, meanwhile, saw eighth-seeded Czech Lucie Safarova 7-6 (8 / 6) 6-4.

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