Qualifier Chan Yung-Jan of Taiwan saved two match points and rallied for a 6-7 (4), 7-6 (8), 7-5 win over third-seeded Jelena Jankovic to advance to the semifinals of the Mercury Insurance Open on Friday.
After holding off two match points to win the second-set tiebreaker, Chan ran off three straight games to take a 5-2 lead in the third. However, Jankovic tied the match at 5 before Chan held serve for a 6-5 lead.
Chan then got her third career win against a top-20 player in the next game when Jankovic hit a backhand long to end the 3-hour, 13-minute quarterfinals match.
''I thought the match was really a mental game between us,'' Chan said of the second longest WTA match this season.
Chan will next face the winner of the night match between top-seeded Marion Bartoli of France and No. 5 seed Christina McHale of the US.
''(Jankovic) looked like she was out of the match and tired and didn't want to hang there,'' Chan said about taking a 5-2 lead in the third set. ''But I knew tha...