Ivanovic reaches semifinals at Indian Wells



INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Ana Ivanovic defeated Marion Bartoli 6-3, 6-4 to reach the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday, giving the 16th-ranked Serb her second straight win over a top-10 player.

Ivanovic had knocked off defending champion and fourth-ranked Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets in the fourth round. Ivanovic is trying to regain the form that made her No. 1 in 2008, when she won her only Grand Slam title at the French Open and won at Indian Wells.

She will next play the winner of the all-Russian quarterfinal between Maria Sharapova and Maria Kirilenko.

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic played Nicolas Almagro in a quarterfinal on the men’s side. American John Isner took on Gilles Simon of France at night.