Cincinnati - Top-seeded Serena Williams cruised into the semi-finals of the
Cincinnati Masters with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Jelena Jankovic on Friday.
beaten me several times, so I knew today I just had to be focused and
do the best I could," said Williams, a 17-time Grand Slam champion who
has never lifted the trophy in Cincinnati.
"She played some great points. I was just trying to not make many errors, stay focused and do the best that I could."
will face either former world number one Caroline Wozniacki, who beat
fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 6-4, 7-6 (7/5).
Simona Halep of Romania will get a chance to avenge her Roland Garros
final loss to Maria Sharapova when she takes on the fifth-seeded Russian
for a semi-final berth.
Sharapova has beaten Halep in all four of
their meetings, although both of their matches this year have gone
three sets, first in Madrid and again in the gripping French Open final
that saw Sharapova claim her fifth major crown.
The winner of that
match will play either ninth-seeded Ana Ivanovic or Ukrainian teenager
Elina Svitolina, who vanquished Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the
Williams completed her win over Jankovic in less
than an hour as she reached the last four without the loss of a set. The
American fired seven aces and broke five times against the former
Williams won 10 of 14 career matches against Jankovic,
last losing to her in 2010. She has beaten the Serb five times in the
past two seasons.
"I definitely felt pretty good about today, I
felt better," said Williams. "My unforced errors are lower than they've
been this year, so it's definitely going towards the right way.
"I don't think she played her best today and still she fought well. I was glad to have an opportunity to just get through that.
don't think I played great last week (semi-final loss on Montreal). I
was just fighting to be in the tournament. I was mentally fighting
really hard. I definitely feel like I'm playing better this week."Results on Friday, the sixth day of the Cincinnati ATP Masters and WTA hardcourt tournament (x denotes seeded player):
Julien Benneteau (FRA) bt Stan Wawrinka (SUI x3) 1-6, 6-1, 6-2
Milos Raonic (CAN x5) bt Fabio Fognini (ITA x15) 6-1, 6-0
David Ferrer (ESP x6) bt Tommy Robredo (ESP x16) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
Roger Federer (SUI x2) bt Andy Murray (GBR x8) 6-3, 7-5
Serena Williams (USA x1) bt Jelena Jankovic (SRB x8) 6-1, 6-3
Caroline Wozniacki (DEN x12) bt Agnieszka Radwanska (POL x4) 6-4, 7-6 (7/5)
Maria Sharapova (RUS x5) bt Simona Halep (ROM x2) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
Ana Ivanovic (SRB x9) bt Elina Svitolina (UKR) 6-2, 6-3