Dubai, United Arab Emirates (SportsNetwork.com) - World No. 1 great
Serena Williams and her former top-ranked older sister Venus were a pair of
quarterfinal winners Thursday at the $2 million Dubai Tennis Championships.
The reigning U.S. and French Open champion Serena whipped fifth-seeded former
No. 1 Jelena Jankovic 6-2, 6-2, while the 2009 and 2010 Dubai champion Venus
topped a fellow non-seed, qualifier Flavia Pennetta of Italy, 6-3, 7-5 on the
hardcourts at Dubai Tennis Stadium.
Up next for Serena will be Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro or Frenchwoman Alize
Cornet, while the wild card Venus' semifinal opponent on Friday will be
eighth-seeded fellow former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, who whipped Romanian
Sorana Cirstea 6-1, 6-2 on Day 4. Wozniacki titled here in 2011.
No less than four current or former world No. 1s took to the courts in Dubai
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