Venus Joins Sis in Aussie Exit, Falls to Ivanovic

Semifinals set: Ivanovic vs. Hantuchova, Sharapova vs. Jankovic
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 23, 2008 3:40 AM CST
Serbia's Ana Ivanovic returns to Venus Williams of the United States during their Women's singles quarter final match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Ana Ivanovic had never taken a set off Venus Williams until she took down the American today in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open 7-6 (3), 6-4. Venus’ sister Serena, was also bounced from the tournament in the quarters by a Serbian, Jelena Jankovic. The fourth-seeded Ivanovic will face Daniela Hantuchova in the semifinals, reports the AP.

Hantuchova defeated Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 6-1 in another quarterfinal match; it is the deepest the No. 9-seeded Hantuchova has ever advanced in a Grand Slam tournament. “I kept believing I could do it, and here I am,” the Slovakian said. In the other semifinal match Maria Sharapova will face Jankovic. Sharapova ended top-seeded Justine Henin’s 32-match winning streak in the quarterfinals.