Andy Ram and Yoni Erlich advanced to the finals of the $3,200,000 Pacific Life Open at Indian Wells Friday after defeating the seventh-seeded Austrian pair of Julian Knowle and Jurgen Melzer 6-2, 7-5.
The sixth-seeded Israeli duo will face Leander Paes of India and Martin Damm of the Czech Republic, who shocked top seed Jonas Bjorkman of Sweden and Max Mirnyi of Belarus 6-2, 7-6 in the second semifinal.
Shahar Peer's run in the women's doubles came to an end Friday when she and her partner Vania King of the United States went out 6-0, 6-2 to the top-seeded American-Australian duo of Lisa Raymond and Samantha Stosur in the round of 16.
In the women's singles, Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova, who knocked Peer out after an epic quarterfinal match, was scheduled to play for the title last night against Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova.
The 14th-seeded Hantuchova held off China's Na Li 7-5, 4-6, 6-1, while No. 2 seed Kuznetsova stopped No. 33 seed Sybille Bammer's dream run 6-7, 6-4, 6-1.
In the men's singles, No. 3 seed Rafael Nadal of Spain beat No. 2 seed Andy Roddick of the U.S. for a place in the final against either 12th seeded-Serb Novak Djokovic or Britain's Andy Murray, the No. 13 seed.
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