Auckland: The final everyone wants to see at this year’s ASB Classic is just two matches away from becoming a reality. Venus Williams defeated Garbine Muguruza 6-3, 6-3 Thursday to set up an all American semi-final clash against Jamie Hampton.
Tournament organisers will no doubt be privately hoping that the seven-time Grand Slam winner wins that match and Ana Ivanovic triumphs over Kirsten Flipkens.
The dream run for Ivanovic has continued with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Kurumi Nara in the quarter finals.
After a tough first up contest against Andrea Hlavackova, the world No. 16 has been in sublime form in her last two matches. The Serb was able to dominate the points and play an aggressive style against the Nara from Japan.
The match lasted for 76 minutes and a telling statistic from it was that Ivanovic won 76 per cent of the points on her first serve, which showed what a dominant weapon it was.
On the evidence of Venus’ performance against the Spaniard, she looks like keeping her end of the bargain. Muguruza is the best player she's been up against this week and it was her most convincing win.
“It was my cleanest match of the week and that’s what I’m looking for,” Venus said. “To try to play cleaner and improve my game tremendously. So I’m excited to be in the semi-final. A lot of it is getting comfortable on the court and executing shots. ”