WTA Tennis Championships: Serena Williams reaches Doha semifinals
Serena Williams beat Elena Dementieva 6-2, 6-4 and reached the semifinals of the WTA Sony Ericsson Championships.
Venus Williams defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2, 6-7 (3), 6-4 for her first win in three matches. She needs Kuznetsova to beat Dementieva on Friday to have a chance of advancing to the semifinals.
Earlier, Caroline Wozniacki overcame severe leg cramps and a tenacious Vera Zvonareva to win 6-0, 6-7 (3), 6-4.
Serena was broken to trail 2-1 in the first set, but then won seven straight games to take control. She converted her third match point when Dementieva sent the ball into the net.
“I’m happy to finally do well,” she said. “I’m kind of used to the elimination thing: If you lose, you’re out. But I was just trying to do better than I did last year, and compete in all my matches, which sometimes is very hard.”