SONY ERICSSON OPEN
Serena Takes Her Revenge; Wozniacki Up Next
by Matt Fitzgerald|
Five-time Miami champion Serena Williams booked her place in the Sony Ericsson Open quarter-finals for the 11th time in 12 appearances on Monday, defeating sixth seed Samantha Stosur 7-5, 6-3 in a rematch of the 2011 US Open final. The US Open re-match highlighted the day session, which attracted a record Monday crowd of 15,491.
"I thought it was a super high quality match," Williams said. "I think we both went really, really for our shots, and she hit little to no errors. It was a really well-fought match."
The 10th-seeded Williams won 85 per cent of her first serve points, firing 20 aces past the Australian. Williams converted four of her 13 break point opportunities to advance in one hour and 46 minutes, improving to 5-3 against the Australian.
"Every match for me is a joy to win," said Williams. "Every time I go out there and win it's good for me. I like it and I enjoy it. It makes me really happy."
The 30-year-old American is bidding to win her 40th WTA trophy, and first since triumphing in Stanford last year. She is third among active players in career titles won, trailing only her sister Venus (43) and Kim Clijsters (41).
In the final eight, Williams will face fourth seed Caroline Wozniacki, a 7-6(6), 6-0 winner over No. 23 seed Yanina Wickmayer. Wozniacki won all nine of her first serve points in the second set to beat the Belgian in one hour and 36 minutes.
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