Jankovic aims for Bell Challenge semifinals Friday

Nov 3, 2006 - 7:25 PM QUEBEC CITY, Quebec (Ticker) - Jelena Jankovic hopes her quarterfinal match at the Bell Challenge will be substantially easier than her second-round encounter.

The top seed from Serbia, Jankovic will face eighth-seeded Russian Olga Poutchkova on Friday in the round of eight at the $175,000 Tier III hardcourt event.

On Thursday, Jankovic had to rally for a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 victory over 17-year-old American Vania King.

A surprise semifinalist at the U.S. Open, Jankovic has won just one career title, at Budapest in 2004.

Poutchkova overcame an early deficit to beat German qualifier Tanja Ostertag, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2, in Thursday's first match.

Also in the top half of the draw Friday, No. 4 Severine Bremond will face Slovakian Martina Sucha.

In the first match of the day, No. 2 Marion Bartoli of France dominated sixth-seeded American Shenay Perry, 6-1, 6-0.

Bartoli will face either another American, qualifier Lilia Osterloh, or Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak in the semifinals.

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