Jankovic retires with an injury at Bell Challenge

Nov 4, 2006 - 3:33 AM QUEBEC CITY, Quebec (Ticker) - After an impressive start in her quarterfinal match at the Bell Challenge, Jelena Jankovic was unable to finish.

The top-seeded Jankovic was forced to retire due to lower back pain in her first encounter with Russian Olga Poutchkova after trailing 2-6, 6-4, 3-1.

Playing her 11th quarterfinal of the year, the Serb entered after ousting American teenager Vania King in three sets in the round of 16 at the $175,000 Tier III hardcourt event.

Poutchkova, 19, reached her second consecutive semifinal as she seeks her first WTA tour title. She was beaten by Iroda Tulyaganova at Tashkent, Uzbekistan, in early October.

Ranked 49th in the world, Poutchkova will face No. 4 Severine Bremond of France, who posted a 6-1, 6-4 victory over unseeded Slovakian Martina Sucha.

Bremond won the only previous encounter with Poutchkova, a straight-sets triumph in the round of 16 on a hardcourt at Louisville, Kentucky, last year.

Another Frenchwoman, second-seeded Marion Bartoli, recorded her third consecutive straight-sets victory here with an easy 6-1, 6-0 victory over sixth-seeded American Shenay Perry.

A winner this year at Auckland, New Zealand, in January and at last month's Japan Open, Bartoli defeated Perry for the fourth time in as many meetings.

Bartoli will take on Ohio native Lilia Osterloh, who posted a 6-3, 6-2 triumph over Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak, in the other semifinal.

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