September 8, 2009

Serena powers past Pennetta to advance to Semi

Champion Serena Williams won a war of heavy groundstroke rallies to beat battling Italian Flavia Pennetta 6-4, 6-3 on Tuesday and set up a semi-finals clash against former winner Kim Clijsters at the U.S. Open. Second-seeded Williams overpowered the 10th seed to break serve at love in the 10th game for the first set, and then earned the only other break of the hard-fought match in the sixth game of the second set to clinch victory. Williams was dominant in her service games, sending seven aces past Flavia and knocking in 86 percent of her first deliveries. The Italian, who had saved six match points before advancing past Vera Zvonareva in the previous round, served up five double faults.

"She never gives up, is such a great player and never gave up tonight," the American, who has yet to lose a set in the tournament, said after the 75-minute victory. Williams has won three of the past four major championships. She is seeking her fourth U.S. Open title and 12th Grand Slam overall.

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