Russian teenager Pavlyuchenkova makes semifinals at Indian Wells
CBSSports.com wire reports | march 19. 2009
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Russian high school student Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova continued her dream run through the BNP Paribas Open by beating seventh-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska 7-6 (8), 6-4 in the quarterfinals on Thursday.
Pavlyuchenkova, the only unseeded player in the last eight, and Poland's Radwanska virtually matched each other from the baseline throughout their 95-minute match. In both sets Pavlyuchenkova led 5-3. She blew that in the first set, but in the second she dropped serve only to immediately break Radwanska a fifth and final time for the match with a backhand down the line.
"I'm very excited, and more and more every day because I keep winning," Pavlyuchenkova said. "And it's really a big achievement for me. I beat some really good players."
Yet to drop a set, the speedy Russian triggered her breakthrough tournament by eliminating second-seeded Jelena Jankovic in the second round for her first top-10 win. Radwanska was her second.
Pavlyuchenkova and fifth-seeded Ivanovic will meet for the first time.
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