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DUBAI---Top-ranked Serena Williams had little
trouble joining sister Venus, in the Dubai Cham-
pionships semifinals in the United Arab Emirates
Serena, playing her first tournament since a fourth-
round loss at the Australian Open, had little trouble
bypassing fifth-seeded Jelena Jankovic of Serbia 6-
2, 6-2 in the quarterfinals.
The only blip in Williams game came when she
lost serve in a tentatively played fifth game in the
"She was the better player tonight," Jankovic said.
"I just played a bad match on my terms."
The only drama in the 76-minute match came in
the final game with Jankovic serving.
The umpire, Kader Nouni of France, told Jankovic
she was serving too fast and then too slow, when
taking more than the 25 seconds allotted.
Williams was briefly brought into the fray when
Jankovic made note that Williams often took more
than the 25 seconds allowed to serve.
After the match, the players conversed at the net
and both reported they left the court on good terms.
"I told her at the end, Look, I didn t mean any-
thing. I m sorry if I played slow, " Williams said.
"She was like, No, it was more like they say (I) play
too fast and then too slow. She said she couldn t
get it right.
"I was like, Look, are we cool because I m cool
with you? "
In that final game, Jankovic initially rebounded
from love-40 before Williams won on a fourth match
point with a scorching forehand passing shot.
Williams will play Alize Cornet of France in the
semifinals. Cornet scored a 7-5, 6-3 win over Carla
Suarez Navarro of Spain.
Venus Williams reached her fourth Dubai semifinal
with a 6-3, 7-5 win over qualifier Flavia Pennetta
Williams, who won this title in 2009 and 2010,
had to serve for the match twice in the second set.
"She just keeps fighting," Williams said of Pennetta.
"She stays relevant. That s what she does really well.
I have to give her credit for that."
Serving at 5-4 in the second set, Williams missed
out on a match point when Pennetta hit a forehand
crosscourt winner to bring the score to deuce. Four
points later and Pennetta broke serve to even the
score at 5-5.
After Pennetta dropped serve in the 11th game
Williams had a second chance to close out the match.
Initially, Williams fell behind 0-40. On a second
match point Pennetta popped a return long to con-
cede the win.
Williams will play eighth-seeded Caroline Woz-
niacki, the 2011 Dubai champion, in Friday s semi-
Wozniacki had little trouble dispatching 27th-
ranked Sorana Cirstea of Romania 6-1, 6-2.
"That was really pleasing, and I always know that
Sorana can be a tricky opponent," Wozniacki said.
"I felt like I served well and I put the pressure on
her and played the way I wanted to play today."
Although not guaranteed, Venus Williams wasn t
opposed to thinking ahead to the possibility of an
all-Williams final tomorrow.
"It would be fantastic," Venus said. "But we both
have to get there." (AP)
Serena Williams of
the US returns the
ball to Jelena
Jankovic of Serbia
the Dubai Duty
Dubai, United Arab
Williams won 6-2,
6-2. AP PHOTO
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