YANINA WICKMAYER tennis 311.
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Shahar Pe’er was knocked out in the quarterfinals of the WTA tournament in
Indian Wells on Wednesday night, but she could still break into the world’s
top-10 for the first time in her career when the new rankings are released on
Pe’er, currently ranked No. 12 in the world, was outplayed in a
6-3, 6-3 defeat to Yanina Wickmayer (25), but will still be pleased with her
overall performance in the $4,500,000 event in California, especially as it
could still see her make history next week.
Despite losing to Pe’er in
their past two meetings, Wickmayer dominated proceedings for much of the last
eight encounter in Indian Wells, recording the only break of the first set in
the sixth game and racing to a 5-1 lead in the second set before wrapping up the
“I woke up this morning and felt really good,” said Wickmayer, who
had 19 winners to Pe’er’s seven. “I had a good practice and when I came out
today I felt really good and powerful out there.”
The defeat to Wickmayer
means Pe’er will need other results to go her way to enter the top-10 next
Pe’er needs both Marion Bartoli, who faces Wickmayer in the
semifinals, and Maria Sharapova, who played Shuai Peng in the quarterfinals
overnight, to fail to make the final, or she will have to wait a little longer
to reach another landmark in her career.
Bartoli shrugged off a stomach
bug to reach the semis with a 6- 4, 7-6 victory over former world number one Ana
The Frenchwoman was handed a place in the last eight when
Belgian Kim Clijsters retired during the second set of their encounter the
previous day with a painful shoulder.
In the men’s event in Indian Wells,
Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer reached
the quarterfinals without dropping a set while eighth-seeded Andy Roddick bowed
Djokovic extended his perfect record this season to 15-0 by pounding
fellow Serb Viktor Troicki 6-0, 6-1 and Spanish world number one Nadal had to
work a little harder before seeing off plucky Indian qualifier Somdev Devvarman
Second-ranked Federer, seeking a record fourth title at Indian
Wells, was tested to the full in a tight opening set by 18- year-old American
Ryan Harrison before booking his place in the last eight 7-6,
Djokovic next faces Richard Gasquet, Nadal takes on Croat Ivo
Karlovic, a 7-6, 6-2 winner against Spaniard Albert Montanes, and Federer will
play fellow Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka, who upset seventh-seeded Czech Tomas
Berdych 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.Reuters contributed to this report.