The American world number one Serena Williams struggled to beat Germany’s Sabine Lisicki (27) in a game of power to power down the side of the player who achieved with this 700th victory as a professional.
In the other key in the upper area of female table Itaú Miami Masters, the Romanian Simona Halep got out to the local Sloane Stephens in straight sets and go against Williams.
Williams beat Lisicki 7-6 (4) 1-6 6-3. He pulled a ‘tie-break’ initial very even but was hit by the German in the second set which meant that the US would need to regain confidence for deciivo set. The world number one finally took control of his service games won by demolition.
“Lisicki had his moment in the third set after winning the second. I just wanted to stay strong and basically hold my service. Today was not my best day. I just told myself that such was not serving and hitting the ball well, at least try to fight and give 200% of myself, not 1005. “
Serena Williams said.
The semi-final is the same as in Indian Wells, against Simona Halep of Romania but on that occasion gave Serena is low due to physical problems. Defeated Halep 6-1 7-5 Sloane Stephens, one of the American broader basis.
“I’m really happy. It was an exciting game. I played very well until 3-0 in the second set when I lost the rhythm. She changed tactics and I was hardest hit ball. But I’m happy to have finished in straight sets and keeping me focused until the end. “