Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – Seven-time champion Serena Williams was a hard-fought quarterfinal leader and available her 700th career compare win in a routine Wednesday during a $5.3 million Miami Open tennis event.
A celebratory cake was brought onto a justice for Williams after a match.
“I had no idea,” Williams pronounced of a milestone. “I saw them bringing out a
cake and we thought, ‘Whose birthday is it today?’ But we unequivocally had no idea
about it, so I’m unequivocally vehement right now!”
The universe No. 1 luminary was tested mightily in a 7-6 (7-4), 1-6, 6-3
preference opposite 27th-seeded German Sabine Lisicki on a hardcourts at
Crandon Park. Williams indispensable only over dual hours to pierce on, that she did
notwithstanding carrying her absolute offer damaged 6 times.
Williams has won her final 19 matches on debate and 16 true matches in Miami.
“I wasn’t personification my best today,” Williams pronounced afterwards. “But some days
you’re only off, and that’s when we have to fight. Even if we mislaid today, if I
only gave 100 percent afterwards we wouldn’t have been upset.”
Lisicki dumbfounded Williams in a fourth-round event during Wimbledon dual years ago.
The American, however, now leads their lifetime array 3-1.
The exquisite Williams has seemed in 9 Miami Open finals, going 7-2 in
those pretension tilts.
The 33-year-old reigning Australian and U.S. Open champ kick since-retired
Li Na in final year’s culmination for a second true pretension in “Magic City.”
The 19-time Grand Slam titlist will accommodate impassioned third-seeded Romanian star
Simona Halep or associate American Sloane Stephens in Thursday’s semifinals. Last
year’s French Open runner-up Halep has won her final 13 matches on tour, which
includes a pretension during Indian Wells before to this Miami fortnight.
Halep and Stephens have separate 4 career meetings on a WTA circuit.
The other almost will array ninth-seeded German Andrea Petkovic opposite 12th-
seeded Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro.