Serena Into Semis, Determining Matches Friday at WTA Championships
by Staff | October 24th, 2013
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Serena Williams is treating the WTA Championships much like she did the regular WTA season — like her personal beatdown tour that is quickly coming to an end.


On Thursday Williams moved to within two matches of ending the season definitively on top, defeating Petra Kvitova  6-2, 6-3 to move to 3-0 in round robin play and secure a semifinal berth.

“I’m just glad to still be alive in the tournament — I didn’t have any expectations coming here, I just wanted to come here and enjoy myself, and that’s what I’ve done,” said the humble world No. 1. “It just feels good to not be out of the tournament.”

Kvitova and Angie Kerber can both also advance to the semifinals from the Red Group.

Three players in the White Group — Victoria Azarenka, Li Na and Jelena Jankovic — can still reach the semifinals.

Kerber on Thursday upset Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 6-2, and Na outlasted Jankovic 6-3, 2-6, 6-3.

“It’s not easy to play well against Aga — you need to be focused on every point — so that’s what I tried to do,” said Kerber after her first win at the year-end championships in her fifth try. “I was playing very well from the first point to the last and I’m really happy with how I played. I’m feeling very good about my game and I hope I can continue like this tomorrow.”

On the docket for Friday in Istanbul are Azarenka vs. Na, Kvitova vs. Kerber (winner advancing to the semis), and Sara Errani vs. Jankovic.

 


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10 Comments for Serena Into Semis, Determining Matches Friday at WTA Championships

Perfect fan Says:

Vika jus lost ti Li 6-2 6-1….gotta be kiddin me.

Vika….have u really gone ridiculous post that vid. I think it has got to ur head for sure :(


Giles Says:

Vika was injured!!


Perfect fan Says:

Giles..is it?? My bad….BTW wat injury?? is it serious??


Giles Says:

PF. Yes it was very bad. Lower back I think, trainer called. She seemed to be in a lot of pain but played through it. Bravo Vika!


Perfect fan Says:

So sad Vika….Get well soon and prepare well for the Oz open.

Vika is jus like Nole on plexi-cushion….quite a force!!


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

As Brando said the other day ill probably be heckled for this comment but here goes,personally ive always found it hard to take RR seriously in sport,tennis,football or otherwise,the idea that a player can lose two games like Kvitova has this week(i believe),and actually still make the final,and possibly win the title,and Kerber who won two matches(again i believe),and still be eliminated,is something that i have a hard time taking seriously,and im not saying this as a sour graping Rafa fan whos p*ssed because he has not won it,as i would love him to win it given its significance yada yada,but just an overall generalisation,i hate RRs JMO.


Giles Says:

Serena playing injured!


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Have to say its much more fun,when Serena is made to work hard in her matches,more interesting than seeing her giving oponents a straight sets beatdown.


Giles Says:

Well done Serena. Queen of tennis!!


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Hopefully Li Na can play as well as she has all week and make a match of it against Serena tomorrow,Serena was not at her best and still managed to come through,great to see JJ playing so well again and back in the top 10,she played as well as anyone can,shame she couldnt take advantage of the Serena lapses.

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ATP - Apr 21 WTA - Apr 21
1 Rafael Nadal1 Serena Williams
2 Novak Djokovic2 Na Li
3 Stanislas Wawrinka3 Agnieszka Radwanska
4 Roger Federer4 Victoria Azarenka
5 David Ferrer5 Simona Halep
6 Tomas Berdych6 Petra Kvitova
7 Juan Martin Del Potro7 Angelique Kerber
8 Andy Murray8 Jelena Jankovic
9 Milos Raonic9 Maria Sharapova
10 John Isner10 Dominika Cibulkova
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