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Tennis: Serena and Venus Williams to play against each other in Montreal

Associated Press Serena and Venus Williams will play against each other in a Rogers Cup semi­final in Montreal. The sisters advanced to their 26th career meeting Friday, both rallying to win their quarterfinal matches in the hard-court event. Serena beat Caroline Wozniacki 4-6, 7-5, 7-5, and Venus topped Carla Suarez Navarro 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. Serena, 32, has won the last five matches against Venus, 34, to take a 15-10 edge. “I definitely don’t like playing her,” Serena said. “I think I’ve lost to her more than anyone on the tour, so it’s definitely not a fun match. “She’s tough. She has a great serve. She runs every ball down. She has a great backhand. She hits winners off the forehand. She does everything well so it’s not an ideal matchup for anyone, to be honest.” Venus responded: “I have to play well. There’s no secret or science to it. I think anyone who has got any wins against her, they’ve pretty much played the match of their life.” Serena, the defending champion and world’s top-ranked player, extended her Rogers Cup win streak to 14 matches after victories at the 2011 and 2013 events in Toronto. She skipped the 2012 event. In the other quarter­finals, third-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska beat Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 6-2, and Ekaterina Makarova edged Coco Vandeweghe 6-1, 4-6, 6-1.


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