TENACIOUS Italian Francesca Schiavone has produced a spirited fightback to overcome Jelena Jankovic and progress to the semi-finals at the Brisbane International.
World No.11 Schiavone was forced to come from behind in every set and also saved two match points in the second to eventually prevail 5-7 7-6 (7-2) 6-3 in a captivating quarter-final on Pat Rafter Arena.
For former world No.1 Jankovic, who slid down to 14th in the rankings last year, it was a heartbreaking loss after failing to close out the gripping encounter.
The Serbian sixth seed could not convert two match points at 15-40 in the 12th game of the second set after failing to serve out the match at 5-3.
Third-seeded Schiavone also fought back from 3-1 down in the final set before breaking the spirit of Jankovic with a five-game run.
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