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Serena reaches semis

American Serena Williams reached the semi-finals as she rallied from a first set loss to defeat Lucie Safarova 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 at the $2.05 million WTA hardcourt tournament here on Friday. The unseeded Williams, who is continuing her comeback from injury and illness, next faces fourth-seeded Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, who breezed past world number 135 Galina Voskoboeva of Kazakhstan with a 6-1, 6-2 win.
Australia’s Samantha Stosur also advanced to the next round easily beating Roberta Vinci — the conqueror of world number one Caroline Wozniacki — 6-4, 6-1. Stosur broke Italian Vinci’s serve while leading 5-4 in the first set to take the opening set at the Rexall Centre facility. The Aussie then stepped up her game in the second set and moved through to the semi-finals with authority. “As the match went on, I obviously probably grew in confidence, and then you get that bit of a lead with a buffer of a couple breaks and felt like I could maybe start going for a bit more,” Stosur said. “I went for some big ones and it paid off.”
Stosur next faces Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska, who beat German Andrea Petkovic 6-4, 6-3. “Semi-finals, you’ve got to believe that anything in possible,” Stosur said. “Having said that, from semi-finals to winning the tournament, there’s a still a long way to go, but I think in this position you’ve got to. If you don’t, then it’s probably a little bit silly.”

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