- The Washington Times - Friday, March 20, 2009

INDIAN WELLS, CALIF. (AP) - Defending champion Ana Ivanovic beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2, 6-3 Friday night to reach the final of the BNP Paribas Open.

Ivanovic, a 21-year-old Serb, dominated the 17-year-old schoolgirl from Moscow, who had upset No. 3 Jelena Jankovic and No. 10 Agnieszka Radwanska on the way to the her first tour semifinal. Pavlyuchenkova came into the tournament ranked No. 42.

No. 7 Ivanovic will face No. 6 Vera Zvonareva, a 6-3, 6-3 winner over Victoria Azarenka, in Sunday’s championship match.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

Friday

At The Indian Wells Tennis Garden

Indian Wells, Calif.

Purse: Men, $4.5 million (Masters 1000); Women, $4.5 million (Premier)

Surface: Hard-Outdoor

Singles

Men

Quarterfinals

Andy Roddick (7), United States, def. Novak Djokovic (3), Serbia, 6-3, 6-2.

Rafael Nadal (1), Spain, def. Juan Martin del Potro (6), Argentina, 6-2. 6-4.

Women

Semifinals

Vera Zvonareva (4), Russia def. Victoria Azarenka (8), Belarus, 6-3, 6-3.

Ana Ivanovic (5), Serbia, def. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Russia, 6-2, 6-3.

Doubles

Men

Semifinals

Mardy Fish and Andy Roddick, United States, def. Richard Gasquet, France, and Stanislas Wawrinka, Switzerland, 6-4, 7-6 (4).

Women

Semifinals

Gisela Dulko, Argentina, and Shahar Peer, Israel, def. Nuria Llagostera Vives and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (6), Spain, 6-3, 6-3.

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