Montreal, QC, Canada (4E Sports) – It will be a “Sister Act” in the semifinal of the Rogers Cup with world No. 1 Serena Williams taking on older sister Venus Williams for a spot in the final.
Serena barged into the semifinal after a hard-fought 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 win over 11th seed Caroline Wozniacki while Venus advanced via a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 win over 14th seed Carla Suarez-Navarro.
Serena clinched the victory in two hours and 40 minutes after Wozniacki misfired long on one final backhand. The 32-year-old Serena is now 7-1 lifetime against Wozniacki.
“She just does everything well,” Williams said of Wozniacki. “She’s really fast, gets a lot of balls back, she makes you hit that extra shot – and she kept her unforced errors down super low today.”
“Especially when you play someone like Caroline, you know your match might be a little longer than normal. You go in there thinking, ‘This is not going to be routine.’ You’re just ready,” she added.
“Serena is No.1 in the world, so you expect she’ll be really, really good out there,” said Wozniacki, who entered the showdown with Williams on an eight-match winning streak, including a recent title in Istanbul.
In Toronto, 13th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga advanced to the semifinal of the Rogers Cup for the third time in four appearances after a 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-4 win over eighth seed Andy Murray.
Tsonga fired 18 aces, rifling 42 winners and winning 83 percent of first-serve points to clinch victory in two hours and 18 minutes.
For a spot in the final, Tsonga will face the winner of the second quarterfinal between seventh-seed Grigor Dimitrov and Kevin Anderson.