Serena, Venus reach Dubai semis

9:27 AM, Feb 20, 2014   |    comments
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates (SportsNetwork.com) - World No. 1 great Serena Williams and her former top-ranked older sister Venus were a pair of quarterfinal winners Thursday at the $2 million Dubai Tennis Championships.

The reigning U.S. and French Open champion Serena whipped fifth-seeded former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic 6-2, 6-2, while the 2009 and 2010 Dubai champion Venus topped a fellow non-seed, qualifier Flavia Pennetta of Italy, 6-3, 7-5 on the hardcourts at Dubai Tennis Stadium.

Up next for Serena will be Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro or Frenchwoman Alize Cornet, while the wild card Venus' semifinal opponent on Friday will be eighth-seeded fellow former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, who whipped Romanian Sorana Cirstea 6-1, 6-2 on Day 4. Wozniacki titled here in 2011.

No less than four current or former world No. 1s took to the courts in Dubai on Thursday.

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