Serena, Venus Williams Battle Today at Miami, No. 1 Rank in Balance
by Staff | April 2nd, 2009, 1:09 am

The Williams sisters continued their uneven play on Wednesday at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, but each recovered in up-and-down matches to set up a Thursday semifinal meeting.

Serena Williams, looking as if she was going to break out in tears at times, came back to defeat China’s Li Na 4-6, 7-6(1), 6-2. Li won the first five games of the match before Serena began to work her way into the match.

“I’m glad to have gotten through,” Serena said. “I’ve played a lot of Chinese girls this week, wow. It was definitely a new experience. And hey, it’s obviously good for the U.S. Fed Cup team. They’re all obviously really consistent. They hit a flat ball and keep it low. They’re good players, as everyone is on the tour.”

Li had a 1-1 career record against the younger Williams sister entering the match.

“Both Williams sisters can win any tournament,” Li said. “They’re so strong mentally and they’re so strong on the court. They put so much pressure on you.”

Venus Williams ran through No. 26 seed Iveta Benesova 6-1 in the first set before totally losing her concentration, going down 1-4 in the second before recovering for a 6-1, 6-4 win.

“Sometimes when things aren’t going your way, the games start going so fast because everyone out there is good,” Venus said. “Fortunately it wasn’t a double break.”

Venus leads the sister series 10-9, winning the last two. If Serena loses the meeting, she will also hand over the No. 1 ranking to first-timer Dinara Safina of Russia.

Svetlana Kuznetsova and Victoria Azarenka will play the first semifinal on Thursday, with the Williams sisters playing the night match.

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6 Comments for Serena, Venus Williams Battle Today at Miami, No. 1 Rank in Balance

Ray Says:

You have one glaring error in this artice—only Serena’s match was a three-setter, but the first sentence read that both of theirs were. Also, I. wouldn’t call Venus lapse of concentration in the middle of the match as “total.”

jane Says:

I am beginning to like Azarenka; maybe she is a hopeful character to watch in the WTA. Wasn’t it her who was pushing Serena at the AO, but then she got sick and nearly fainted on the court? Anyhow she fought past Kuz here. Sorry to Serena fans, but I am rooting for the upset, for Azarenka to keep moving up in the rankings. The WTA is in need of a shake up like nobody’s business. Maybe she’s the one?

Ezorra Says:

Jane, I don’t know whether it’s my ears or what but I think Azarenka sounds like Ms. Sharapova. I’m eager to see her meeting Sharapova one day.

tenisbebe Says:

Hear, hear Jane! I too like Azarenka – she’s gutsy and that’s what’s desperately needed in the WTA. You are right, Victoria won the 1st set off Serena in OZ and then had to retire due to a stomach virus, I believe. She had been up the night before vomiting but was hoping she was over it. Anyway, Serena definitely got a look at her game in OZ so the surprise element is out. I’m pulling for the underdog in this match too.

I was hoping Venus would win vs Serena – like her game (and hair style) alot.

zola Says:

***I’m eager to see her meeting Sharapova one day.

the day of “no glasses left unbroken”…..

But seriously, WTA desparately needs some good players. Glad Azarenka is here and hope to see Sharapova back soon.

Ezorra Says:


hehe ;)

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