Cincinnati Saturday: Final Four
Published August 16, 2014 12:10
 Serena Williams (USA #1) vs.  Caroline Wozniacki (DEN #12)
Head-to-head: Williams leads 7-1
Twenty-four hours after overcoming one good friend, Caroline Wozniacki finds another blocking her path at the Western & Southern Open. In recent months, Serena Williams and Wozniacki have been thick as thieves off the court, and now they are becoming just as well acquainted on it.
In Montréal, Williams defeated Wozniacki over three rollercoaster sets in a contender for match of the season. They have carried this rich vein of form south of the border, both progressing to the semifinals without dropping a set.
"We've always been close, so that doesn't really matter," Wozniacki said of Serena. "We're both fighters and once we're on the court we both want to win. She beat me last week 7-5 in the third, which I would like to get my revenge for, but it's going to be tough."
(5) Maria Sharapova (RUS #6) vs.  Ana Ivanovic (SRB #11)
Head-to-head: Sharapova leads 8-3
To the surprise of many, Maria Sharapova has struggled to build on the high of her French Open triumph, failing to follow it up with a meaningful runs at either Wimbledon or Montréal. This week, she has played herself back into form, grinding out the wins through strength of will as much as any brilliant shotmaking.
Three previous appearances in Cincinnati have brought Sharapova two final appearances. Standing between her and a third is Ana Ivanovic, who proved too strong for Elina Svitolina on Friday night. Sharapova has won eight of their 11 encounters, although the Serb has the bragging rights from the most recent of these, which came earlier this year in Rome.
"It's going to be a totally different match than in Rome," Ivanovic said. "That was clay court, this is hard court, but, you know, I look forward to the challenge. We've had tough matches in the past and I know if I play well I can win it, but I'll just come out try to enjoy it and hopefully give the crowd a good night."Stat to watch: All four of the semifinalists have held the No.1 ranking at some stage of their career.