Serena Sizzles, Venus Flames and Ana’s Back in Rome
by Staff | May 7th, 2010, 12:52 am

It’s turning out to be an eventful women’s tournament in Rome. Top seed Serena Williams continues to dominate after a 6-4, 6-1 win over Maria Kirelenko today in the quarterfinals. ADHEREL

But sister Venus wasn’t as fortunately getting drubbed by Jelena Jankovic 6-0, 6-1.

“I still cannot believe I won like that,” Jankovic said. “It’s a really huge win. I didn’t expect a match like this because usually we play such tough matches and we go to three sets almost all the time. It’s great for my confidence.”

Jankovic now meets Serena in Friday’s semifinals. The two have played seven times (never on clay) before, with Williams leading the series, 4-3, and winning their last two meetings.

The suddenly resurgent Ana Ivanovic booked her semifinal spot with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Nadia Petrova. Ivanovic, who beat Elena Dementieva on Wednesday. The former No. 1 meets Spain’s Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez in the second semifinal.

“I’ve been cutting down on the errors and fighting on every point,” Ivanovic said after her win over Dementieva, her first win in their five career meetings. “I’m going out there and trying to have fun, just playing each point the best I can.

“I’ve been working hard for a few months. I’ve played well in practice, but now it’s really starting to show in matches.”

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8 Comments for Serena Sizzles, Venus Flames and Ana’s Back in Rome

Ben Pronin Says:

Nice to see Ivanovic with some positive results. It’s been a while and it seems like everyone has given up on her. She’s too young and good looking to flame out now.

mmm Says:

Congrats to the semifinalists! Will we see an all Serbian final in Rome? That’d be interesting! Although I do like MJMS & her lefty game. :)

jane Says:

“Will we see an all Serbian final in Rome?” Doesn’t look like it unless JJ can come back from a set down versus Serena.

Sean Randall Says:

Quite a win by JJ. Serena rarely gags – twice she served for the match – but JJ just hung in and stole one.

gordon Says:

Congratulation to Ana and specialy to Jelena on excelent play!

jane Says:

Yes, indeed – Serena was serving for it the first time up 40-love I believe, and JJ broke back. Wow. I was shocked. Lots of interesting tennis today. It’s too bad the two Serbs have to play each other in the semis – taking out the likes of Dementieva & Petrova (Ana) and both William’s sisters (JJ) – it seems like they should be in the finals already, lol.

jane Says:

Oh wait a second – they can still meet in the finals! I was thinking they’re on the same side of the draw.

Anna Says:

I hope Ana can prevail. This win would do her a world of good.

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