Serena, Venus set to clash in Montreal WTA semifinals


MONTREAL — Serena and Venus Williams will clash in the semifinals of the Montreal WTA tournament after the American sisters battled through tough three-setters in the quarterfinals on Friday. World number one Serena outlasted Caroline Wozniacki to clinch a 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 victory, while Venus also came from a set down to end the run of Spanish 14th seed Carla Suarez Navarro, the third round conqueror of Maria Sharapova, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. This is the 25th meeting between the two as Serena will take a 14-10 career lead in into Saturday’s match. The 32-year-old has won their last five meetings as Venus has failed to beat her younger sister since a three-set victory in Dubai five years ago. Despite her recent success, Serena said Friday she dreads playing her sister. “I definitely don’t like playing her,” said Serena, who won their most recent match 6-1, 6-2 last year in Charleston. “I think I’ve lost to her more than anyone on the tour. Definitely not a fun match. “But she’s tough. She has a great serve. She runs every ball down. She has a great backhand. She hits winners off the forehand.” Serena also said Friday that she is surprised to still be playing competitively in her 30s. “I definitely didn’t see myself playing tennis at my age,” Serena said. “I just thought I would have been gone doing other things. But it just so happens that I love to play, I love to compete. I just can’t give it up.” Venus, who has had health troubles the last few years, said she will be better prepared for Saturday’s semifinal.

“I’ll be able to make it more competitive.”