By Adrianna Outlaw
(November 5, 2010) Aravane Rezai took a BMW-sponsored driver training course in Bali this week. Bu the defending champion couldn't keep up the pace of Alisa Kleybanova in the passing lanes today. Kleybanova converted six of nine break point chances in razing Rezai, 6-1, 6-2, in one hour, 16 minutes to advance to the Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions semifinals in Bali.
The 27th-ranked Russian will play Daniela Hantuchova for a spot in the final. Hantuchova beat 2009 US Open semifinalist Yanina Wickmayer, 6-4, 7-6(5), in today's second quarterfinal.
World No. 31 Hantuchova scored a three-set win over Kleybanova in the San Diego quarterfinals in July to avenge a three-set loss at the 2008 Wimbledon in their only other meeting.
A slumping Rezai has not won succesive matches in nine tournaments and suffered her fifth opening-round loss in her last nine tournaments today.
"I'm a little bit down in my confidence because I lost a lot of matches during the end of the season," Rezai said. "I didn't play well today at the important points and that's why the score is like this."
The other semifinal pits former World No. 1 Ana Ivanovic against 40-year-old Kimiko Date Krumm, who fought back from a 1-3 third-set deficit to defeat top-seeded Li Na, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, on Thursday.