QF Line-Up Set in Stanford
Published July 30, 2009 11:59
STANFORD, CA, USA - The last four quarterfinal berths were snapped up at the Bank of the West Classic on Thursday, with the Williams sisters among those winning through to the last eight at the Premier-level stop.
Top seed Serena Williams was the first winner of the day, edging Melinda Czink in a tight two-setter, 63 76(7). Williams broke the left-handed Czink in the fourth game of the first set en route to a routine 6-3 win but things got a lot more complicated in the second set as Czink led by an early break, 2-0, and even held a set point at 7-6 in the tie-break. World No.2 Williams closed it out.
"She served really well, towards the end especially. She started mixing it up. I definitely could have returned better," Williams said. "I would have been fine going three sets. I definitely would have been into it and ready."
Venus Williams, the second seed, followed her sister into the quarterfinals with a win over qualifier Alla Kudryavtseva, 61 75. Williams led 5-3 in the second set and served for the match at 5-4, but was broken at 30; she broke right back to lead 6-5, however, and that time had no problem, finishing with an ace.
The last two quarterfinal berths were earned later in the day, as No.8 seed Marion Bartoli beat qualifier Melanie Oudin, 75 64, and No.4 seed Jelena Jankovic rallied from a set down to beat Sabine Lisicki, 26 62 64.
Quarterfinal Friday will see Serena Williams play Samantha Stosur, Venus Williams play Maria Sharapova, No.3 seed Elena Dementieva play Daniela Hantuchova and Jankovic play Bartoli. The Williams sisters have both had trouble with their opponents - Serena is 2-0 against Stosur, but in their most recent meeting, at Sydney this year, the Australian held four match points; and Sharapova has won three of her five career matches against Venus.
"I think it's a good match-up for me, so I'm looking forward to it," Venus Williams said on Sharapova. "I just need to keep doing what I have to do. I need to execute my game. There's no secret about that."