Friday, February 23, 2018

Stroll for Serena


IN FULL SWING: Serena Williams volleys against Jelena Jankovic, from Serbia, during a match at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, yesterday, in Mason, Ohio, USA. —Photo: AP

Mark Fraser

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World No 1 Serena Williams crushed Serbian Jelena Jankovic 6-1 6-3 yesterday, to reach the semi-finals of the Southern and Western Open in Cincinnati. Williams needed just 58 minutes to beat the eighth seed. 

She will face either fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland or former world No 1 Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark in today’s semi-finals.

Jankovic caused Williams a lot of problems at one point in the American’s career. Prior to Williams’ year-long injury lay-off in 2010/11, the pair were tied at four wins apiece head-to-head. “She’s beaten me several times, so I knew today I just had to be focused and do the best I could,” Williams told the WTA Tour website.

Despite Williams’ long and impressive list of achievements, the title in Cincinnati has so far eluded her. She now finds herself just two wins away from finally crossing the Southern and Western Open off her list.