Top seed and World No. 1 Serena Williams admitted earlier this week that the fact that she’s never won the Dubai title add any extra motivation.
“There is no extra motivation,” Serena said after beating Ekaterina Makarova on Tuesday. “I couldn’t have any more motivation than what I already have. I don’t think it’s humanly possible. I’m always so motivated every time I play. I’m a complete perfectionist. I just want to do better and better.”
The 32-year-old Serena is coming off a tough loss to Ana Ivanovic in the fourth round at the Australian Open during which she was fighting a bad back. But, she says, the injury which kept her out of Doha is now much better.
“Body is fine,” she said. “I just had to get my feet moving, but it was okay.”
Serena is currently playing Jelena Jankovic today in the quarterfinals. “It’s exciting to be back on center court and to be playing Serena Williams,” Jankovic said. “It’s going to be our first match this season. I look forward to it.”
With sister Venus already into the semifinals after beating Flavia Pennetta on the other half, an all Williams final could happen on Saturday. The two haven’t met in a final since the 2009 WTA Championships won by Serena. The only time they played since was the Charleston clay event last year also won by Serena.
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