Rome, Italy (SportsNetwork.com) - Former French Open runner-up Sara Errani upset former Roland Garros titlist Li Na in Friday's quarterfinal action at the $2.6 million Italian Open, a French Open tune-up.
The 10th-seeded Italian crowd favorite Errani doused the second-seeded reigning Australian Open titlist Li 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 on the red clay at Foro Italico. This marked Errani's first-ever victory over a top-three player and her first career win against Li in seven tries.
A sluggish Li said she got sick less than 20 minutes before the match started.
"Before I came to the court I already threw up," she said. "I don't know if it's because of the pasta or because the allergies made me sick because everywhere I've been sneezing this week. It's never stopped. I really have no idea the reason why I throw up.
"Maybe I'm sick of pasta," Li joked. "The Chinese stomach is a little bit different."
Li was the Rome runner-up two years ago.
A milder upset came when sixth-seeded former world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic shut down third-seeded former Wimbledon runner-up Agnieszka Radwanska, of Poland, 6-4, 6-4. The Serbian Jankovic titled here back-to-back in 2007 and 2008 and was the Rome runner-up in 2010.
Jankovic will tangle with Errani in the semifinals.
Meanwhile on Day 5, another former world No. 1 from Serbia, 11th-seeded former Roland Garros champ Ana Ivanovic, held off 13th-seeded rising Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to reach the final four in the Italian capital.