Serena edges Li in quarterfinals, equals Steffi Graf with most match wins in Miami


World No.1 Serena Williams won a tight two-setter against Li Na to reach the semifinals of the Sony Open Tennis in Miami, which is her 59th victory at the tournament, tying her with Steffi Graf for most match wins at the so called fifth Grand Slam.

Serena faced three break points in the first game of the match, but saved them all, and in the sixth game converted one of her three opportunities to break in the first set, thanks to Li’s double fault, which was enough for her to take the set 6-3 that finished with Serena having one winner more than Li and three unforced errors less.

In the second set Serena first led 2-0, before Li went on a roll, won five straight games for 5-2 and even had a set point on her opponent’s serve. But Williams produced yet another comeback at this tournament and eventually won 6-3 7-6(5) in tough windy conditions and despite an upper leg injury scare.

In the semifinals Serena will play the winner of the match between seed No.4 Agnieszka Radwanska and seed No.30 Kirsten Flipkens. She’s 4-0 against Radwanska, while she’s never played Flipkens. (source: Tennis Now, photo: © Neal Trousdale)


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