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Williams strolls into Swedish Open semi-finals

ESPN staff
July 19, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »
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Serena Williams continued her quest to put her Wimbledon disappointment behind by booking her place in the semi-finals of the Swedish Open.

The world No. 1 only dropped two games en route to a 6-1 6-1 victory over Lourdes Dominguez Lino to reach the last-four of the competition.

The American - who crashed out of Wimbledon in the fourth round to Sabine Lisicki - extends her winning streak on clay to 29 matches after triumphing at the French Open and lifting the titles in Rome and Madrid.

"My opponent today was playing really well, so I had to be patient and stay out there as long as I could," Williams said.

"I'm getting more used to the clay again. It feels a little better now. I want to play two more matches and win on the last day, but I have a really tough opponent coming up."

Williams will now take on Klara Zakopalova in the last-eight at Bastad after the Czech third seed overcame Richel Hogenkamp 6-2 6-3.

Flavia Penneta, three times a quarter-finalist at the US Open, beat Virgine Razzanno 6-1 6-3, and will face home favourite Johanna Larsson in the semi-finals after she defeated Mathilde Johansson 6-1 6-2.

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