Serena romps through, Benneteau stuns Wawrinka in Cincinnati

Fri Aug 15, 2014 5:18pm EDT
 
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(Reuters) - World number one Serena Williams stormed into the semi-finals with a 58-minute thrashing of Jelena Jankovic but men's third seed Stan Wawrinka was stunned by Frenchman Julien Benneteau at the Western & Southern Open on Friday.

Williams, bidding for her first title at the Cincinnati, Ohio hardcourt tournament, romped to a 6-1 6-3 victory over her Serbian opponent.

The unseeded Benneteau, meanwhile, overcame Swiss world number four Wawrinka 1-6 6-1 6-2 to reach his first Masters semi-final.

Williams needed just 25 minutes to claim the first set against Jankovic. She fell behind 2-1 in the second with an early break, but won five of the next six games, closing out the match with back-to-back aces.

"She's beaten me several times, so I knew today I just had to be focused and do the best I could," Williams told reporters after claiming her 10th win in 14 matches against Jankovic.

"It didn't seem fast," Williams said. "I was just trying my best. And she played some great points. I was just trying to not make many errors, stay focused and do the best that I could."

The top seed wound up with as many winners as unforced errors at 22-22 while the eighth-seeded Jankovic finished made five winners and 24 unforced errors.

Williams is bidding for a first title in six attempts at Cincinnati. The five previous failures are her second-most attempts at a WTA tournament without winning it. She has played the Sydney event six times without lifting the trophy.

Benneteau belted nine aces and broke serve four times in his 80-minute win as he earned his second victory over a top-10 opponent this year and became the first Frenchman in 14 years to advance to the Cincinnati semis.   Continued...

 
Aug 15, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Serena Williams returns the shot of Jelena Jankovic on day five of the Western and Southern Open tennis tournament at Linder Family Tennis Center.  Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports