Rogers Cup update: Williams advances to semis

Top-ranked Serena Williams advances to Rogers Cup semi-finals on Friday night, after beating Italy’s Roberta Vinci, 6-4, 6-3. The 33-year-old Williams extended her Toronto-match win streak to fourteen, powering her way past to win with the aid of a dozen aces during the 78 minute match.

“I definitely feel more positive today. I don’t want to peak too soon.”

But first, there’s Bencic – Can Williams beat her?

“I had a day off and it really helped. The last couple of matches it was OK,” she said.

Williams has three-quarters of her service points. Also, five out of six break points were turned.

Simona Halep and Sara Errani will come head to head in the early match, while Serena Williams and Belinda Bencic will meet in the more popular evening match. The spectators are sure to get their money’s worth in that match! After the fall of the first of seven games to Radwanska, Halep has started to find her rhythm. She will face Italy’s Sara Errani, who defeated 6-4, 6-4 in another semi-final the Ukrainian qualifier Deserves Tsurenko.

“At the beginning I could not move my legs. I felt very tired,” said Halep. “I just kept focused on what I had to do and just tried to keep the ball in the court to make some longer rallies.”

Whatever she needed to do, she clearly did. You can see it not only in the final score, but in her drive throughout. Clearly, she wanted it more than the others.


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