For the 24th time in their storied careers sisters Venus and Serena Williams will face off on Saturday and a spot in the Family Circle Cup finals will be on the line.
Venus Williams won 2 matches in the course of 5 and a half hours to earn a spot in the semifinals at the on Friday. The 2004 FCC champ was taken to 3 sets in her early match against Varvara Lepchenko and needed over 2 hours to advance with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 win.
Williams followed that win just a couple hours later with a straight sets win over Madison Keys 6-4, 6-4. Keys had gotten to the quarterfinals with a win earlier in the day as well over Bethanie Mattek-Sands.
Serena Williams made quick work of the first of her 2 matches of the day beating Mallory Burdette 6-4, 6-2. She followed that up by beating Lucie Safarova in a rematch of last years finals 6-4, 6-1. Both sisters are ready for the match on Saturday.
"Yeah. I'm looking forward to it." Venus said. " Last year I fell short and I didn't hold up to my end of the bargain and make the semis, so I'm glad I took it a step further this year, and the only thing I can do is try to play well."
"It was really motivating for Venus to win today." Serena said. "I figured if she can win two matches, I have no excuse not to win my two matches. It's good. I feel great to be in the semis. Obviously I play Venus. It's never an easy opponent. She's my toughest opponent I've ever played, and I think she's beaten me the most of any player, I think. We'll see how it goes."
On the other side of the bracket, Caroline Wozniacki suffered the lone upset of the day when she was taken out by Stefanie Voegele in 3 sets 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in a match that lasted well over 2 hours.
"I thought I was very much in control at the start. I didn't feel like she had any chance there." Wozniacki said. " I was taking the ball early and really making her run, and I didn't give her a chance to really come in, but she stepped it up a little bit in the second and third set, and I had my chances that I definitely should have taken, and when you don't do that, then you know, there is consequences, and today as well, I mean everything she went for went in."
"At the beginning of the match I was a little bit nervous, and I just tried to play aggressive and play my game, but it didn't work very well the first set, and then I started to do it much better, and yeah, it was great." said Voegele. " And I tried to play that much really because she's very good in that.
But Jelena Jankovic is back in the semifinals after disposing of qualifier Eugenie Bouchard 6-2, 6-1 in just over an hour.
"I'm feeling that with every match I'm improving, that my movement is getting much better. I'm feeling much more comfortable. I'm hitting the ball a lot cleaner, and my serve today was much better. And overall I feel that I'm just getting better and better with each day. And I'm very pleased about that, so hopefully I can continue like this and I can play even better tomorrow."