The first semi final at the Alberto Monterrey tournament being played this week in Mexico saw two unseeded players meet for the first time. The amazing 43 year old Kimiko Date-Krumm, ranked at 98, took on 137th ranked Jovana Jaksic who, at 20, is less than half her age. Date-Krumm took out top seed Flavia Pannetta in the first round in straight sets, followed by two titanic three set battles with Timea Babos and then 8th seeded Monica Puig. Jaksic beat 7th seed Karin Knapp in straights her first round match, followed by a real nail biter with the 2nd and 3rd sets going to breakers against qualifier Lusika Kumkhum in the second round. She won her third round match with the loss of just three games to make the semis. It took the Serb seven minutes under three hours to get the better of the Japanese veteran, winning 6-7 (7-5) 6-4 6-4.
2nd seeded Ana Ivanovic played 3rd seeded Caroline Wozniacki in the second semi. The Serb worked hard to defeat Ursula Radwanska in three sets in the first round, followed by a straight sets second round win and a seesaw three setter against Magdalena Rybarikova in the quarters. The Dane won her first two matches in straights, before dropping the first set against Karolina Pliskova in the quarters. In a tight match Ivanovic prevailed over Wozniacki 7-6 6-4 in an hour and thirty eight minutes to make her 13th career final and 2nd final of the 2014 season.
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