Williams through to last four

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Published: Friday 24th October 2014 by The News Editor

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Serena Williams reached the last four at Singapore’s WTA finals and tied down the year-end world number one ranking without hitting a ball on Friday.

Simona Halep, who inflicted Williams’ heaviest defeat for 16 years on Thursday, tended the wound by stealing a set in defeat to Ana Ivanovic.

That was enough to usher Williams through to the BNP Paribas event’s semi-finals, where she will meet Caroline Wozniacki.

Maria Sharapova botched three match points before regrouping to beat Angieszka Radwanska in three sets – but still failed to reach the last four come the end of Friday’s final group-stage action.

Number two seed Sharapova slipped out after dropping a set against Radwanska, in spite of her 7-5 6-7 (7/4) 6-2 victory.

Radwanska sneaked through to meet Halep in the semi-finals, courtesy of Wozniacki’s victory over Petra Kvitova.

“She owes me a handbag,” Wozniacki said after helping Radwanska progress thanks to her 6-2 6-3 win over Kvitova, before refocusing on facing Williams.

“I believe in myself and believe in my skills.

“I’ve been playing well, so I believed I could beat anyone here.

“I obviously also knew that if I wasn’t playing up to my best, I could lose to all of them.

“But I’m really pleased about the way this week has gone so far.”

Halep, the only player to have qualified for the last four on Thursday, capped Friday’s play by taking the set off Ivanovic to secure Williams’ safe passage.

Ivanovic won out 7-6 (9/7) 3-6 6-3, but Halep securing the second set pushed Williams home.

Published: Friday 24th October 2014 by The News Editor

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