Serena and Dementieva set up repeat of Wimbledon thriller
By Steve Keating
TORONTO (Reuters) - World number two Serena Williams brushed aside qualifier Lucie Safarova 6-3 6-2 on Friday to reach the semi-finals of the Toronto Cup and set up a mouth-watering clash with Elena Dementieva.
Tennis fans can expect a treat if Williams and Dementieva come close to a repeat of their memorable Wimbledon semi-final in July won 8-6 in the third set by the American before she went on to beat sister Venus in the final.
Williams needed just 57 minutes on a blustery center court to dismiss 46th-ranked Czech Safarova.
The 11-times grand slam winner has displayed impressive form on the Canadian hardcourts, surrendering no more than five games in any match.
Dementieva had to work much harder for a semi-final spot, the fourth-seeded Russian scraping a 6-7 6-1 6-3 win over feisty Australian Samantha Stosur.
"I think it will be a great match, our last match was really insane," Williams told reporters. "I love playing her, it will be good.
"I just feel like I've kind of played my way into a rhythm. I felt really good out there today, I felt like I was really consistent and moving well."
Williams needed a few games to find her range but once she did Safarova had no answers as the 2001 champion swept seven games to take the opening set and a 4-0 lead in the second. Continued...