Venus ousts Sam in Madrid
Fourth seed Venus Williams ended Sam Stosur’s run at the Madrid Masters, downing the Australian 6-3 6-3 in their quarterfinal on Friday.
Williams will now meet the winner of the quarterfinal between Israeli Shahar Peer and China’s Li Na.
Williams, who began this week on fourth, will fall in behind her top-ranked sister Serena on the Monday WTA list, with the pair heading the table for the first time in seven years.
French Open semifinalist Stosur, set for a career-high boost to seventh, has been the standout of the clay campaign, winning 14 of 15 matches coming into her clash with the American with a title in Charleston and a losing final – her only other clay defeat in 2010 – to Justine Henin.
But as in their three previous meetings, Williams claimed the victory, going through to the last four against either Israeli Shahar Peer of Li Na of China.
“Sam’s been playing well this season,” said Williams, winner of titles this year in Dubai and Acapulco. “I like to hit hard, and it looked like her game plan was to attack everything.
“She tried to take time away from me, but I knew I would not be pushed back. We both served and hit as hard as we could.
“She played well, it was a challenge for me. But I just went on autopilot at 4-3, it felt really good.”