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Tennis: Serena battles past Ivanovic into Stanford semis

Published on Aug 2, 2014 3:10 PM
Serena Williams of the United States of America plays against Ana Ivanovic of Serbia during Day 5 of the Bank of the West Classic at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium on Aug 1, 2014 in Stanford, California. -- PHOTO: AFP

STANFORD, United States (AFP) - World number one Serena Williams fought off a determined Ana Ivanovic 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 on Friday to reach the semi-finals of the WTA hardcourt tournament at Stanford.

The top-seeded American booked a Saturday showdown with eighth-seeded German Andrea Petkovic, who thwarted a possible all-Williams semi-final with a 6-1, 3-6, 7-5 triumph over Venus Williams.

Top-seeded Serena, playing her first tournament since she departed Wimbledon looking weak and woozy, said the one hour, 57-minute match against Ivanovic confirmed she had regained her fitness in the wake of the virus that hampered her at the All England Club.

“I’m feeling really good,” she said. “I had some long rallies and I wasn’t out of breath at all, so I was, like, ‘Yay!’”

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