Serena earns 700th win to reach Miami semis
Murray rallies to set semifinal showdown
Serena Williams abused her racket, scolded herself and even made angry faces at the sun. In the end, as usual, she took out her frustration on the ball. The seven-time Key Biscayne champion overcame her annoyance and shaky play Wednesday for her 700th career victory, beating Sabine Lisicki 7-6 (4), 1-6, 6-3 to reach the semifinals of the Miami Open.
Williams won despite an unreliable serve, a poor second set and 51 unforced errors. She looked flatfooted and listless at times, and seemed especially vexed when playing on the side looking into the sun.
“It’s always tough on that side,”
World No. 4 Andy Murray booked his semifinal berth at the Miami Masters on Wednesday, rallying for a 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 win over Austrian Dominic Thiem.
The third- seeded f ormer champion will face eighth seed Tomas Berdych after the Czech dispatched Juan Monaco 6- 3, 6-4 to extend his perfect record against the Argentine to 7-0. she said. “You just don’t see. You just have to adjust.”
She did, earning her 16th consecutive victory on Key Biscayne, where she’s the two-time defending champion.
“I know today wasn’t my best day,” she said. “I just told myself, I’m not serving the way I normally serve and hitting the way I normally would hit, so at this point all I can do is just fight and try to give 200 percent instead of 100 percent.”
The No. 1-seeded Williams’ opponent Thursday night will be No. 3 Simona Halep, who beat unseeded
Murray, who won title at Crandon Park in 2009 and 2013, was initially stunned by the clean and powerful one-handed backhand of the 21- year- old Thiem, who has looked strong in Miami after coming into the tournament with a 3-5 record in 2015.
“I expected a tough match, he’s beaten some very good players this week,” said Murray, American Sloane Stephens 6-1, 7-5. No. 9 Andrea Petkovic plays No. 12 Carla Suarez Navarro in the other semifinal.
Williams improved her career record to 700-120, making her the eighth woman in the Open Era to reach the milestone. She was presented with a cake on the court, similar to the honor Murray received following his 500th victory Tuesday.
“I think my destiny was to play tennis,” Williams said. “I saw a picture where I was in a stroller on the tennis court.”
The No. 1-seeded Williams with- who needed one hour and 44 minutes to seal the win. “He’s a very big hitter of the ball, a very strong guy and he moves extremely well.
“When you let him dictate the points, he hits the ball as hard off each side as anyone. He made me do a lot of running.”
Thiem, ranked 52nd in the world, now stands 1-7 against top-10 opponents. drew before the Indian Wells semifinal earlier this month with a right knee injury. She had been scheduled to play Halep, who went on to win the title and leads the women’s tour with 24 victories this year.
“I was really disappointed to not be able to play and just not even be close to 100 percent,” Williams said. “So I look forward to it this time. I’m just happy to be in the semis and still be alive somehow.”
“It will be a very nice match,” Halep said. “I have to try everything. She is No. 1 in the world. She’s the best player. I have nothing to lose.”
Serena Williams is exuberant after winning a point against Sabine Lisicki, of Germany, during their match at the Miami Open tennis tournament in Key Biscayne, Florida on Wednesday, April 1.