France’s Marion Bartoli defeated past champion Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 7-6(4) on Wednesday afternoon in Indian Wells to reach the BNP Paribas Open semi-finals.
The players exchanged service breaks in the first three games, setting the tone for a match that would feature a combined 13 breaks. Bartoli went on a five-game run to go up a set and a break, but Ivanovic continued to battle back. She got back on serve four different times in the second set before Bartoli finally closed out the two-hour, seven-minute victory in the tie-break.
Bartoli admitted afterwards that she had not been in her best condition entering the match.
“Since this morning I noticed I felt quite bad,” she said. “I was not able to eat any breakfast. I slept before my match, because I was really feeling sick. I went on court, and at the beginning, the weather was not that hot, so it kind of helped me. But then it started to feel really hot, and then in the end of the first set I was definitely not feeling very good.