Halep, Pavlyuchenkova, Stosur, Ivanovic reach semis in Sofia
SOFIA, Bulgaria -- Ana Ivanovic wasted a 5-2 lead in the third set to lose 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (1) to Elena Vesnina in their last group match at the season-ending Tournament of Champions, but still advanced to the semifinals at the expense of her opponent.
Vesnina's victory meant both she and Ivanovic finished round-robin play with 2-1 records, but Ivanovic advanced because of more sets won.
The sixth-seeded Pavlyuchenkova downed Alize Cornet of France, 6-2, 6-2, while Stosur defeated Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova 6-1, 6-4.
In Saturday's semis, Ivanovic will play Halep, and Stosur will face Pavlyuchenkova.