Serena Williams advances to Madrid Open semifinals

MADRID (TIP): Serena Williams advanced to the semifinals of the Madrid Open by beating Carla Suarez Navarro 6-1, 6-3 on May 7.

The top-seeded Williams, who is a two-time champion in Madrid, broke the Spaniard’s serve four times and saved three break points.

“Playing a really good clay-courter today is not easy,” Williams said.

“I think she proved that she has an attacking game.”

Williams is playing in her third tournament since clinching her sixth Australian Open title — and 19th Grand Slam singles title overall.

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The top-ranked American will next meet either fourth-seeded Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic or Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania.

“I love Petra. She’s a great girl and a great player on top of that. It’s always good to see those two combined,” Williams said.

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