Women’s Semi-finals Set: Serena vs. Wozniacki, Sharapova vs. Ivanovic

Serena Williams meets Caroline Wozniacki for the second week in a row.
Caroline Wozniacki will be looking for revenge against Serena, after losing a tough three set match to her last week in Montreal.
Maria Sharapova takes the court in the hopes of reaching her 3rd final in Cincinnati.
Former World No.1 Ana Ivanovic hopes to record her best result in Cincinnati, reaching the finals.

The women’s semi-finals are set at the 2014 Western & Southern Open with 2013 finalist Serena Williams taking on former World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki, and former champion Maria Sharapova meets No.9 seed Ana Ivanovic.


In the first semi-final of the day, Serena and Wozniacki meet for the second time in just a week. The two had an epic three set battle in Montreal, with Serena clinching the win 7-5 in the third. Serena leads their head-to-head 7-1.


"We've always been close, so that doesn't really matter. We're both fighters and once we're on the court we both want to win," Wozniacki said. "She beat me last week 7-5 in the third, which I would like to get my revenge for, but it's going to be tough.”


The top seed was the first of the two to advance to the semi-finals today, rolling past former champion Jelena Jankovic  6-1, 6-3. Williams has yet to lose a set this week, though she did face some tough matchups. In her opening round, she battled past former US Open champion Sam Stosur in two tiebreak sets.


The World No.1 is still looking for her first title in Cincinnati, after making six appearances. The only other event Serena has played six times without claiming a title is Sydney.


“I would love to win here,” Serena said. “It would be great to win. But at the same time, I don't want put that pressure on myself.”


Wozniacki booked her spot in the semi-finals with a 6-4, 7-6(5) win over longtime friend and No.4 seed Agnieszka Radwanska. She also has yet to drop a set this week and has ousted two Top 10 players en route to her first semi in Cincinnati.


On the bottom half of the draw, Sharapova meets Ivanovic for a place in the finals. The two have met twice already this year, splitting the wins at one a piece. Overall, Sharapova leads their head-to-head 8-3.


“She's been having a great year and playing very aggressive, offensive, serving,” Sharapova said of her semi-final opponent. “Comes down always to a few points here and there.”


The former W&S Open champ solidified her spot in the semi-finals with a three set win over World No.2 Simona Halep, increasing her Cincinnati record to 13-2. After losing the first set, Sharapova rallied back to clinch her 5th win over the Romanian. Friday’s match was the Russian’s second three set match en route to the semis. Young American Madison Keys pushed Sharapova to a deciding set in her opening match.


Ivanovic breezed through her quarterfinal match, ending 19-year old Elina Svitolina’s hot streak in Cincinnati and recording her WTA-leading 46th match win of 2014. The Serb was almost ousted in the round of 16, but was able to push past former Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2, 2-6, 6-3.


Ivanovic will take the court tomorrow in the hopes of improving her best Cincinnati record of reaching the semi-finals.


Williams versus Wozniacki will be first on Center Court during the day session, and Sharapova versus Ivanovic will be first on during the night session.