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. Continue reading “Serena Williams and Halep to semifinals”
The defending champion Australia Open, the Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka (4) continues to race after soundly defeating the Japanese Kei Nishikori (5) in straight sets on Wednesday at Melbourne Park with reaching the semifinals to that already came Tomas Berdych who beat Rafa Nadal and Andy Murray who beat Nick Kyrgios.
Among women Serena Williams said keep the world number one and his presence in the semifinals after winning easily Slovak Dominika Cibulkova (11). Meanwhile young Madison Keys got first rank semifinals of a Grand Slam, defeating former champion and number one Open, his compatriot Venus Williams.
Nishikori was one of the toughest tests to Wawrinka in the previous. He came to beat in the US Open and also in the week wore on a very high level as when swept to David Ferrer in the quarterfinals. But the Swiss play defending champion. Very firm with long and sharp setback, Wawrinka put Nishikori in frank defense. Continue reading “Australia Open 2015: Serena Williams and Wawrinka advance”