MASON - The order of play for Saturday's semifinals of the Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open has been released.
At 1 p.m., World No. 1 Dinara Safina, who is playing in her 10th semifinal of 2009, will take on Flavia Pennetta, who has won 15 consecutive matches. By reaching the semifinals, Pennetta became the first Italian woman to ever reach the Top 10 in the WTA Tour rankings.
Safina has won all six lifetime meetings against Pennetta, and has only dropped two sets to the Italian.
Following that singles semifinals will be the doubles semifinal features the World No. 1 team of Cara Black and Liezel Huber against Akgul Amanmuradova and Monica Niculescu.
Starting at 7 p.m. world No. 4 Elena Dementieva will play Jelena Jankovic. It will be the 10th meeting between the two, with Jankovic holding a 6-3 edge in the series.
The final match of the day will be in doubles will be Virginia Ruano Pascual and Jie Zheng against the Spanish team of Nuria Llagostera Vives and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez.
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Men's qualifying will begin on Saturday as well, with matches on four courts.
SATURDAY ORDER OF PLAY