Serena secures place in finals against Ivanovic

Home > Sports > Football

print dictionary print

Serena secures place in finals against Ivanovic

테스트

Serena Williams returns a volley to Caroline Wozniacki during their semifinal match at the Western & Southern Open on Saturday in Ohio. [AP/NEWSIS]

Serena Williams came back to advance to the Western & Southern Open final Saturday as Roger Federer moved into position for his sixth title in the tournament.

The top-ranked Williams beat Caroline Wozniacki 2-6, 6-2, 6-4, and the second-seeded Roger Federer turned back fifth-seeded Milos Raonic 6-2, 6-3.

Williams lost a set for the first time in the tournament and committed 41 unforced errors, 20 more than Wozniacki. Williams will face ninth-seeded Ana Ivanovic in the final. Ivanovic beat fifth-seeded Maria Sharapova 6-2, 5-7, 7-5 in a night match.

Federer will play sixth-seeded David Ferrer, a 6-3, 6-2 winner over Julien Benneteau.

Williams beat the 12th-seeded Wozniacki for the eighth time in nine career matches, overcoming a tight lower back.

“It was definitely feeling super tight in the match,’’ she said. “That’s when I really relaxed, to be honest. By then I was able just to go for more shots and come to the net more and just kind of not have anything to lose.’’

She also tried to shorten points with booming serves, leading to getting just 58 percent of her serves in play.

Williams and Wozniacki both struggled with their serves, leading to a combined 15 service breaks, including the first five games of the third set. Wozniacki was broken in eight of nine service games in one stretch and connected on just 54 percent of her first serves.

“I didn’t get many first serves in,’’ Wozniacki said. “When I did, they weren’t placed very well. It’s frustrating, because you lose a set 6-4 in the third and you only hold serve once.”

Williams has never won the Cincinnati-area tournament in five previous appearances. She lost a third-set tiebreaker to Victoria Azarenka last year.

With the win, Williams also wrapped up the U.S. Open Series women’s title. Williams has won it three of the past four years and will attempt to set another record for the largest payout in tennis history at the U.S. Open - $4 million ($3 million for winning the U.S. Open and a $1 million bonus for winning the U.S. Open as the series champion).

The two-time defending U.S. Open champion won both the U.S. Open Series title and the U.S. Open last year.

AP








More in Football

All still to play for as K League enters its final weekend

Son gets winner against Burnley to become EPL top scorer

Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors are one game from K League title

Despite goal from Son, Spurs finish with disappointing draw against West Ham

Korean senior squad beats juniors in special exhibition match

Log in to Twitter or Facebook account to connect
with the Korea JoongAng Daily
help-image Social comment?
lock icon

To write comments, please log in to one of the accounts.

Standards Board Policy (0/250자)

What’s Popular Now