Serena and Sharapova book Madrid Open semi-final place

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In the first of the quarter final matches being played on Madrid on Friday, top seed Serena Williams took on the 63rd ranked Spaniard, Anabel Madina Garrigues, who made it this far in the tournament when Yaroslava Shvedova pulled out of their third round match. Both in the thirties, these two players had only met once before, last year in Rome, when Serena won easily. The American took the first set with relative ease 6-3, but the biggest surprise was the second set. Madina Garrigues came out on fire and took the set to love with her deft clay court craft, leaving the world’s top player often stranded and totally confused. Madina Garrigues started the decider, but Serena broke her immediately and, after a lengthy second game, held for 2-0. Madina Garrigues then got on the scoreboard and broke back to level at 2-2, held and, after a very long 6th game, broke again to lead 4-2. Serena broke and held for 4-4, but Madina Garrigues held to force Serena to serve to stay in the match. At 5-5 Serena broke for the last time and served out for the match which took two and a quarter hours.

The next match was between the 51st ranked Estonian Kaia Kanepi and the second seed, Maria Sharapova. Sharapova broke in the first game and quickly built a 5-1 lead. Kanepi held, but the Russian sealed the first set at 6-2.  The second set started with a break each and Sharapova next broke for 4-3. She then held and broke again to take the set 6-3.

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