Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – World No. 1 Serena Williams and her formerly
top-ranked big sister Venus were a pair of fourth-round winners Monday at the
$5.3 million Miami Open.
The seven-time Miami queen Serena eased past 24th-seeded former top-10 star
and 2006 Miami titlist Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2, 6-3 on Day 7.
Serena is now 8-2 lifetime against the two-time major champion Kuznetsova,
including 2-0 here in Miami.
The 33-year-old nine-time Miami finalist Serena is the reigning Australian and
U.S. Open champ.
Meanwhile, the 16th-seeded three-time Miami winner Venus upset fellow former
world No. 1 and No. 4 seed Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 7-6 (7-1) on the hardcourts
at Crandon Park.
“Caroline plays so well. Our last match went down to the wire, and this one
did too,” Venus said. “I just went for it, to be honest. I respect her so
much that I knew I had to bring my best game.”
The 34-year-old Venus is a perfect 7-0 lifetime against the Danish Wozniacki,
who has taken only one set off the American in their seven career matchups.
The American star also topped Wozniacki in Miami in 2008.
The seven-time Grand Slam singles titlist Venus titled in South Florida in
1998, 1999 and 2001 and was the 2010 runner-up.
Her quarterfinal opponent will be nifty 12th-seeded Spaniard Carla Suarez
Navarro, who upended No. 7 seed Agnieszka Radwanska 5-7, 6-0, 6-4.