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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Williams, Seles Ease Into Kremlin Cup Semis




Top-seeded Venus Williams made short work of Katarina Studenikova in the quarterfinals of the Kremlin Cup on Friday, dropping only one game on the way to a 6-1, 6-0 victory in Moscow.


But the most impressive showing at the $1 million tournament was by second seed Monica Seles of the United States, who wrapped up her match in less than 50 minutes against Italy's Sylvia Farina, winning 6-0, 6-1.


Slovakia's Studenikova put up a fight against the American Williams, and a number of games in the second set went to deuce. But Williams kept her focus and never gave her opponent a game in the second set.


Seles, playing Farina in the first match of the day, didn't allow her opponent a single point in the first three games. She beamed sharp groundstrokes down the line, and by the end Farina seemed to be just returning balls, and never threatened her opponent.


In other games, seventh seed Sandrine Testud of France upset third seed Conchita Martinez of Spain 7-6 (7-4), 7-5 in a match that ran almost two hours. In the second set, Martinez's right ankle was bothering her and she had to get it wrapped by a doctor.


Mary Pierce of France had a tough time settling down against Spaniard Magui Serna, but managed to get out of the first set 7-5, after falling behind 2-5. She looked more confident in the second set, eventually running out a 6-3 winner.


In quarterfinal doubles action, Anna Kournikova and Monica Seles advanced after Serena Williams dropped out before the match started because she was feeling sick. Her partner was her sister, Venus.