Miami - Former world No 1 Jelena Jankovic booked a semi-final showdown with Maria Sharapova at the Miami WTA and ATP Masters hardcourt tournament Wednesday with a 6-4, 6-7 (6/8), 6-3 win over Roberta Vinci.
Serbia's Jankovic, seeded 22nd, needed two and a half hours to get past Vinci and set up her clash with third-seeded Sharapova, a 7-5, 7-5 winner over eighth-seeded Italian Sara Errani.
Jankovic battled back from a break down in the third set to post her fourth win over Vinci in six career meetings.
The Serbian is in search of a second title this season, after a triumph in Bogota. But she'll face a stiff semi-final test in Sharapova, who has won six of their seven encounters.
Results on Wednesday from the
eighth day of the $8.5 million WTA and ATP Masters Miami hardcourt
tournament (x denotes seeding):Men
David Ferrer (ESP x3) bt Jurgen Melzer (AUT) 4-6, 6-3, 6-0
Tommy Haas (GER x15) bt Gilles Simon (FRA x11) 6-3, 6-1
Maria Sharapova (RUS x3) bt Sara Errani (ITA x8) 7-5, 7-5
Jelena Jankovic (SRB x22) bt Roberta Vinci (ITA x15) 6-4, 6-7 (6/8), 6-3