NBA play­offs

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In her fi­nal match be­fore the French Open, eighth-seeded Ser­ena Wil­liams lost to 14thseeded Patty Sch­ny­der, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (5), in the quar­ter­fi­nals of the Ital­ian Open at Rome.

In to­day’s semi­fi­nals, Sch­ny­der will play third-seeded Je­lena Jankovic, who beat 10th-seeded Elena De­men­tieva, 6-2, 6-1.

UCLA de­feated fifth-seeded North­west­ern, 4-0, to ad­vance to the quar­ter­fi­nals of the NCAA women’s cham­pi­onship at Athens, Ga.

Fresh­man Yas­min Sch­nack clinched the vic­tory by beat­ing Alexis Prousis, 6-4, 6-2. The 12th-seeded Bru­ins (19-7) will play fourth-seeded Florida, which de­feated 13th-seeded Bay­lor, 4-2.

Ninth-seeded Mi­ami ral­lied from a 3-1 deficit against eighth­seeded USC to beat the Tro­jans, 4-3. Audra Co­hen, the na­tion’s top-ranked sin­gles player, clinched the vic­tory by beat­ing fifth-ranked Lind­sey Nelson, 5-7, 7-5, 6-3.

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