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Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-08-22

World number two Serena Williams brushed aside qualifier Lucie Safarova 6-3 6-2 to reach the semi-finals of the Toronto Cup and set up a mouth-watering clash with Elena Dementieva.

AFP - Second-seeded Serena Williams stormed into the semi-finals of the two million-dollar WTA Rogers Cup Friday with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Lucie Safarova.
   
Williams, the reigning Wimbledon, Australian Open and US Open champion, made short work of the Czech qualifier, needing just 57 minutes to advance without facing a break point.
   
Williams fired seven aces past Safarova as she booked a meeting with fourth-seeded Russian Elena Dementieva.
   
Dementieva, the 2008 Olympic gold medallist, rallied to beat unseeded Aussie Samantha Stosur 6-7 (3/7), 6-1, 6-3.
   
"It was not easy to play," Dementieva said of the windy weather. "On this kind of day you're just trying to be very aggressive with your footwork, trying to get very close to the balls and to get good control on the racket head, and just go for the shots."
   
Dementieva, winner of two WTA titles this year, said she knew she would have her work cut out for her against Williams.
   
"It looks like she's in good shape," Dementieva said. "She has played very powerful in all her matches this week, so it's going to be a tough challenge."
   
In the night session, Russian glamour girl Maria Sharapova took on Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska and fifth-seeded Jelena Jankovic of Serbia met Russian Alisa Kleybanova.
   
Both Sharapova and Jankovic are former world number ones trying to get back to their top form.
   
Sharapova returned in May from a shoulder injury that sidelined her for 10 months.
   
Jankovic has struggled much of this year after changing her training regimen and helping her mother cope with illness. But she looked to be back on song after a victory over world number one Dinara Safinia in the final at Cincinnati last Sunday.
   
 

 

Quarter-finals
  
Elena Dementieva (RUS x4) bt Samantha Stosur (AUS) 6-7 (3/7), 6-1, 6-3
  
Serena Williams (USA x2) bt Lucie Safarova (CZE) 6-3, 6-2
  
Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) bt Jelena Jankovic (SRB x5) 6-7 (6/8), 7-6 (9/7), 6-2
  
Maria Sharapova (RUS) bt Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 6-2, 7-6 (7/5)

Date created : 2009-08-22

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