FROM STAFF REPORTS
It was a grueling battle against Sabine Lisicki but Serena Williams pulled it off on a scorching hot Wednesday afternoon at the Miami Open. The top-ranked player in the world got her 700th career win.
The 2015 Miami Open presented by Itaú, is being held at the Crandon Park Tennis Center on Key Biscayne through Sunday, April 5.
Williams needed three sets to defeat Lisicki, struggling to a 7-6(4), 1-6, 6-3 win to advance to the tournament semifinals for the third straight year. She was seeking her third consecutive title and eighth title overall.
For Williams, the victory was the 700th of her career, placing her just four victories behind Evonne Goolagong for eighth all-time.
“I didn’t know I had 700 wins,” Williams said after the match. “Now, I just want to keep going, do the best that I can.”
She berated herself point after point and struggling to find her rhythm all afternoon.
“Today was not my best day,” Williams said. “I just told myself I’m not serving the way I normally serve and hitting the way I normally would hit, so at this point all I can do is just fight and try to give 200 percent instead of 100 percent.”
She will face either third-seeded Simona Halep or Sloane Stephens in her semifinal match.
Her sister, Venus, Williams defeated Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 7-6 (7-1) Monday afternoon to advance to the Miami Open quarterfinals. However, she lost on Tuesday, defeated by Carla Suarez-Navarro of Spain 0-6, 6-1, 7-5.
“I feel like I have the ability to win a match like this, but unfortunately it was a loss,” Venus said. “Just a little too many errors. I was going for it the whole match, but towards the end I never found the happy medium between being aggressive and putting the ball in the court. But I learn a lot from my losses – they always make me better.”
Sloane Stephens, 22, of Plantation, Fla., was to face Simona Halep of Romania after the Florida Courier’s deadline.