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Serena thumps Stosur

2012-04-07 22:57

Charleston - Serena Williams steamrolled Samantha Stosur 6-1, 6-1 on Saturday to reach the final of the WTA tour's green clay Charleston tournament.

Williams needed just 59 minutes to subdue the second-seeded Australian, who beat the American in the US Open final last September but has now lost to her twice in two events.

In Sunday's final, the fifth-seeded American will face ninth-seeded Czech Lucie Safarova, who notched her own lopsided semi-final win 6-0, 6-0 over Slovenia's Polona Hercog.

Williams improved to 6-3 overall against Stosur, including a straight-sets victory in Miami 11 days ago in which Williams fired 20 aces.

Williams had a relatively sedate seven aces on Saturday. She saved both break points she faced and broke Stosur five times as the Australian failed in a bid to become just the eighth player to beat both Williams sisters in the same tournament.

Stosur defeated Venus Williams in the quarter-finals to spoil the chance of an all-Williams semi-final.

Safarova, owner of four WTA Tour titles, will try to add a first victory in one of the WTA's premier level events.

Her emphatic victory over Hercog, in 64 minutes, ended a dream run for the Slovenian that included a first career win over a top-10 player with her upset of third-seeded Marion Bartoli in the third round, and a quarter-final triumph over former Charleston champion Nadia Petrova.

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