- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 1, 2009

KEY BISCAYNE, FLA. (AP) - Venus and Serena Williams say they’ve seen little of each other the past week because of their busy schedules. That will change Thursday night, when they meet in the semifinals at the Sony Ericsson Open.

The 20th showdown between the sisters ensures a Williams will be in Saturday’s final. The family has won eight of the past 11 Key Biscayne titles.

Top-ranked Serena advanced first Wednesday, overcoming a dismal start to beat unseeded Li Na 4-6, 7-6 (1), 6-2. She was followed into the semis five hours later by No. 5-seeded Venus, who beat No. 26 Iveta Benesova 6-1, 6-4.

The other semifinal will be between No. 8-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova and No. 11 Victoria Azarenka.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.


At The Tennis Center at Crandon Park

Key Biscayne, Fla.

Purse: Men, $4.5 million (Masters 1000); Women, $4.5 million (Premier)

Surface: Hard-Outdoor




Novak Djokovic (3), Serbia, def. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (10), France, 6-3, 6-4.



Serena Williams (1), United States, def. Li Na, China, 4-6, 7-6 (1), 6-2.

Venus Williams (5), United States, def. Iveta Benesova (26), Czech Republic, 6-1, 6-4.




Ashley Fisher and Stephen Huss, Australia, def. Frantisek Cermak, Czech Republic, and Michal Mertinak, Slovakia, 6-4, 3-6, 10-6 tiebreak.

Julian Knowle and Jurgen Melzer, Austria, def. Ross Hutchins, Britain, and Jordan Kerr, Australia, 6-3, 6-1.

Bob and Mike Bryan (1), United States, def. Bruno Soares, Brazil, and Kevin Ullyett (6), Zimbabwe, 7-6 (1), 6-4.

Max Mirnyi, Belarus, and Andy Ram, Israel, def. Julien Benneteau and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, France, 7-6 (1), 7-6 (5).



Chuang Chia-jung, Taiwan, and Sania Mirza, India, def. Anabel Medina Garrigues and Virginia Ruano Pascual (2), Spain, 6-3, 7-6 (4).

Svetlana Kuznetsova, Russia, and Amelie Mauresmo, France, def. Nuria Llagostera Vives and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (6), Spain, 5-7, 7-5, 10-6 tiebreak.

Anna-Lena Groenefeld, Germany, and Patty Schnyder, Switzerland, def. Samantha Stosur and Rennae Stubbs (4), Australia, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 10-8 tiebreak.


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