Serena Williams roared back after falling behind in the third set to beat Ana Ivanovic of Serbia 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 on Friday night to reach the semifinals of the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, Calif. Williams assured herself of a 200th non-consecutive week at the top of the ladder while Ivanovic will return to the top 10 for first time in over five years.
Andrea Petkovic of Germany ended Venus Williams’ run in the tournament, beating the former top-ranked American 6-1, 3-6, 7-5 in the quarterfinals. Petkovic will next play Serena Williams.
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American Donald Young reached his first ATP semifinal in three years by beating seventh-seeded South African Kevin Anderson 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 at the Citi Open in Washington, D.C.
Young will face No. 2 Milos Raonic of Canada in the semifinals Saturday. Raonic, a semifinalist at Wimbledon last month, ended the surprising run of Steve Johnson, eliminating the American 7-6 (7-2), 6-2.
In women’s action, two-time major champion Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia moved into the semifinals when American Vania King withdrew from the tournament with a right hip injury.
Union draws with K.C.
Brian Brown scored on a header two minutes after entering the game to help the Philadelphia Union tie host Kansas City 1-1, ending Sporting’s winning streak at four games.
Brown scored off Raymon Gaddis’ cross in the 71st minute for Philadelphia (5-8-9).
Graham Zusi scored for Kansas City (11-5-6) in the 54th minute. Toni intercepted a failed clearance, fed the ball into the box and Zusi slotted it home. Zusi narrowly missed a goal in the following minute when his attempt went inches wide.
Larson captures Pocono pole
Kyle Larson had one more celebration left during his birthday week, setting a track record of 183.438 mph to win his first career Sprint Cup pole at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa.
He broke the mark of 181.415 that Denny Hamlin set in June.
Larson, one of the top rookies in NASCAR, turned 22 on Thursday and wants to keep the party going with his first win Sunday. Larson could use a victory to secure a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, though he would make the 16-car field as it stands on points.
Joey Logano joined Larson on the front row. Brad Keselowski, Kurt Busch and Jeff Gordon completed the top five.
Kasey Kahne of Enumclaw qualified 12th and Greg Biffle of Vancouver, Wash., was 25th.
Ogwumike carries Sun
Chiney Ogwumike had 24 points and 12 rebounds and the Connecticut Sun fended off a late rally to beat the host San Antonio Stars 89-79.
It was Ogwumike’s 12th double-double of her rookie season. Alyssa Thomas and Alex Bentley had 18 points each and Renee Montgomery added 11 for Connecticut (11-17), which snapped a four-game skid.
The Stars (13-15) remain a half-game ahead of the Los Angeles Sparks (12-15) for third place in the Western Conference.
UCLA replacing court
The famed hardwood court at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion will be replaced because of damage caused when 20 million gallons of water cascaded onto campus from a broken water main.
Athletic director Dan Guerrero said the entire floor at Pauley will be replaced by the end of October, and no regular-season basketball games would be affected.
New flooring also will be installed at the Hall of Fame at the J.D. Morgan Center and at a court in the John Wooden Center that is used for women’s volleyball games, Guerrero said.
If Scots were offended by Usain Bolt they didn’t show it as the Jamaican sprint star made his Commonwealth Games debut in Glasgow.
Despite a newspaper claiming he was disparaging about Glasgow’s weather, Bolt’s introduction to a 40,000-plus crowd at Hampden Park was greeted with a roar of cheers.
“I was never worried. I was just looking forward to coming out here and showing the people,” the world’s fastest man said. “I am here to have fun and compete.”
And Bolt gave them what they wanted to see, taking the baton off Nickel Ashmeade to anchor Jamaica’s 4×100-meter relay team to a comfortable win in its heat as the favorite advanced to Saturday’s final in 38.99 seconds.
“It was wonderful. It’s just like the London Olympics — the crowd was great,” the six-time Olympic champion said.
• Incoming freshman basketball player Trayvon Reed won’t be allowed to enroll at Maryland after he was arrested Wednesday night in College Park. Reed — a 7-foot-1 center from Snellville, Ga. — was charged with second-degree assault, second-degree assault of a police officer, theft under $100 and resisting arrest.
• Justin Allison raced to his first ARCA Racing Series victory, holding off Will Kimmel at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa.
• New York Red Bulls defender Jamison Olave was suspended two games and fined by Major League Soccer for “violent” conduct toward an opponent.
• The Spanish club Malaga signed Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa to a three-year contract after his standout performance at the World Cup. Ochoa’s goalkeeping, including a string of stellar saves in a 0-0 draw with host Brazil, helped Mexico reach the round of 16.
• The Anaheim Ducks will retire Teemu Selanne’s No. 8 jersey in a ceremony Jan. 11 — the franchise’s first number retirement.
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