Former champions Serena Williams and Jelena Jankovic through to last 4 in Rome

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Former champions Serena Williams and Jelena Jankovic through to last 4 in Rome

Tennis: World no. 1 Serena Williams and world no. 8 Jelena Jankovic kept moving towards their third title in Rome, as they reached the semifinals of the Italian Open Tennis Championship. 17-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, who had won titles in Rome in 2002 and 2013, faced Shuai Zhang of China, who she had faced only once before.

Serena had beaten Zhang 6-2, 6-3 in Miami two years back. There was a similar scoreline this time, as defending champion Serena Williams won 6-1, 6-3 in straight sets. 32-year-old Serena Williams broke Chinese in very first game of the match.

Zhang could not hold a single service game in first set as Serena broke her four times. Story was not much different in the second set as American did not face a single break point in whole set and one break was enough to give her the match in 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Serena will face former world no. 1 and 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic in semifinals. 2007 and 2008 Rome champion Jelena Jankovic faced world no. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska, who had beaten her in last five meetings between them.

The only time who players had met on clay was when they met for the first time in 2008 French Open, and Jankovic had emerged victorious on that occasion, but after that Radwanska defeated her 5 times in a row, including in this year's Miami tournament.

First set went close as both players had several chances to break eachother's service. Jankovic saved all three break points that she faced but Radwanska could save only three out of four, as Serbian broke her once to take the first set 6-4.

Radwanska broke Jankovic once in the second set but Serbian did it twice to take the set 6-4 and moved into the semifinals after 1 hour and 47 minutes. Jankovic will face 2012 French Open finalist Sara Errani for a place in the final of Rome for the fourth time.