Williams sisters set for showdown

  • Last Updated: February 20 2014, 19:29 GMT

Serena and Venus Williams are on course to meet for the first time in a final in more than four years after both won their quarter-finals at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

Serena Williams: Happier with her form
Serena Williams: Happier with her form

Top seed Serena is playing her first tournament since a back injury hampered her in a shock fourth-round loss to Ana Ivanovic at the Australian Open.

She dominated Thursday's clash with Jelena Jankovic, winning 6-2 6-2, and next meets France's Alize Cornet, who saw off Carla Suarez Navarro 7-5 6-3.

Williams and Jankovic have plenty of history and, not for the first time, the pair had words late in the match when the American said she was not ready to receive serve.

But Williams was much happier with her form than she had been in a patchy second-round performance against Ekaterina Makarova.

She said on wtatennis.com: "It definitely felt a lot more comfortable than my first match.

"There were some shots I missed today that I would never have missed a month ago, so I'm still getting a little rust off, but it feels good overall. And I'm still trying to make sure I keep going in the right direction."

Venus has shown some of her best form in a long time in 2014 and she battled her way past Flavia Pennetta 6-3 7-5.

The 33-year-old won the title on her last two visits to Dubai in 2009 and 2010, and extended her winning run in the tournament to 13 matches.

Standing in the way of a possible meeting with Serena is 2011 Dubai champion Caroline Wozniacki, who was an easy 6-1 6-2 winner over Sorana Cirstea.

The Dane and Venus played each other four times in 2007 and 2008, the American winning them all, but have not met since.

Wozniacki said: "I remember growing up in the juniors, I would say, 'Oh, this girl has a good serve.' My dad would be like, 'What? No, it's not Venus or Serena on the other side. Come on, no one has good serves on the junior tour.'

"Then I made it to the WTA tour and I was playing against Venus for the first time, and I'm like, 'Okay, dad, give me the tactics now, what am I supposed to do on that return?' And he just goes, 'Oh well, I don't know. Suit yourself out there.'

"I remember that. We had close matches back then, but a lot has changed and it'll be a good match."


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