Top seed Juan Martin Del Potro and US eighth seed John Isner advanced to the final of the ATP and WTA Washington Open with rain-interrupted triumphs Saturday.
Seventh-ranked Del Potro, the 2009 US Open champion from Argentina, defeated German third seed Tommy Haas 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 while Isner blasted 29 aces in a 6-7 (7/9), 6-3, 6-4 victory over Russia’s Dmitry Tursunov.
Defending women’s champion Magdalena Rybarikova, the seventh seed from Slovakia, beat Russian third seed Ekaterina Makarova 6-2, 6-0 and will face Germany’s Andrea Petkovic, a 7-5, 6-3 winner over French fourth seed Alize Cornet.
CARLSBAD: Top seed Victoria Azarenka overcame a lapse of concentration to defeat Ana Ivanovic 6-0 4-6 6-3 and reach the final of the Carlsbad Open on Saturday.
Following her win, the double Australian Open champion is guaranteed to pass Russian Maria Sharapova for the number two ranking when they are released on Monday. Serena Williams will remain number one. She will face Australia’s Samantha Stosur in the final showdown, who beat French wild card Virginie Razzano 7-6 6-3 in the second semi-final.
MONTREAL: Novak Djokovic returns to tennis for the first time since Wimbledon as the Serb begins his bid for a third straight title when the Montreal Masters begins on Monday.
Djokovic has not played since losing the Wimbledon final to Andy Murray, the second seed who will also be testing himself for the first time in a month since making history with his title at the All England Club.
Missing from the field will be two-time champion Roger Federer, the world number five, with the Swiss apparently unable to overcome the back spasms which bothered him in recent weeks.