Yevgeny Kafelnikov, the tournament's home-town favourite and the top seed, defeated Byron Black of Zimbabwe 7-6, 6-2 and will now meet the Germany David Prinosil in today's semi-finals while Ivanisevic will play Alex O'Brien of the United States.
The Swiss teenager Martina Hingis stayed on course for a first meeting with Monica Seles in Sunday's final but said she was disappointed with her game as she reached the semi-finals of the Bank of the West Classic in Oakland, California.
Hingis, the third seed, beat Linda Wild 6-3, 6-2 in just 58 minutes, setting up a semi-final today against either the second-seeded American, Lindsay Davenport, or the fifth seed, Brenda Schultz-McCarthy of the Netherlands. Hingis, 16, has defeated eight players in the top 10 this year.
"It was such a bad match," said Hingis, ranked seventh in the world. "It was not very interesting... I was angry and disappointed that I couldn't make the shots I wanted."
The Russian Elena Likhovtseva surprised the fourth seed, Mary Joe Fernandez, 6-3, 6-1, and the Romanian Irina Spirlea beat Paola Suarez, of Argentina, 6-2, 6-1.Reuse content