Bastad, Sweden (Sports Network) - Serena Williams was among the easy winners
Friday on a day of quarterfinal routs at the Swedish Open.
The top-seeded Williams needed just 62 minutes to dispose of Spain's Lourdes
Dominguez Lino, 6-1, 6-1. The American star has dropped just 10 games in her
first three matches this week.
Williams improved to 26-0 on clay this year and 49-3 overall in 2013. She will
next face Klara Zakopalova in Saturday's semifinals.
The third-seeded Czech advanced with a 6-2, 6-3 waltz over Dutch qualifier
Richel Hogenkamp in a mere 56 minutes. The five games won by Hogenkamp were
the most for a loser in Friday's four matches.
Sweden's Johanna Larsson cruised to a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Frenchwoman
Mathilde Johansson in 64 minutes and will next play Italian veteran Flavia
Pennetta, a 6-1, 6-3 winner over France's Virginie Razzano in 75 minutes --
the longest match of the day.
The eighth-seeded Larsson was the 2011 Bastad runner-up and is still trying
for her first career title. She was also a finalist in Portoroz three years
Pennetta, who beat Larsson in the first round at the Sony Open earlier this
year, has nine career titles, but none since 2010 in Marbella. She went to the
fourth round at Wimbledon earlier this summer.
Williams is also coming off a stunning fourth-round loss at Wimbledon. She has
won six tournaments in 2013, including the French Open, and is playing this
event for the first time.
Zakopalova has reached her third semifinal of 2013, including a run to the
final at the season-opener in China and a semifinal loss to Sara Errani just
last week in Palermo. She hasn't won a tournament since 2005 and on Saturday
will try to improve upon her 1-3 mark against Williams.
The two haven't met since the first round of the 2009 French Open, a three-set
Williams victory. Zakopalova's lone win in the series had come earlier that
year in Marbella on clay.
This year's Bastad titlist will claim $40,000.
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