Venus Williams edges past Jankovic, moves into US Open semifinals


Twelfth seed Venus Williams of the USA set up a semifinal clash with Justine Henin at the US Open 2007 with the triumph over third seed and last year’s semifinalist Jelena Jankovic of Serbia.

Williams’ fast serve was not a big problem for Jankovic who made a break twice in the first set. However, she won it 6-4 because she didn’t hold one of her serves. Second set completely belonged to the American, who stayed in the match with a decisive 6-1. In that set Jankovic kind of surrendered, and began to save energy for the third set. The decider was a thrilling tie-breaker, and Venus won it 7-6 (4).

I think that the reason for Williams’ victory was that she wanted to win more than Jankovic. I know that it sounds strange, but I’m sure that Jankovic could have beaten Williams. The Serb woke up near the end of the tie-break, when it was too late.

As for the match between Henin and Williams, I’m convinced that the Belgian will dominate. At the moment, she’s by far the best women’s tennis player out there.


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