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Serena rolls into semis

Serena rolls into semis

Originally Published: September 8, 2011
By Viv Bernstein

NEW YORK -- When Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova broke Serena Williams three times in a row in the opening set of their U.S. Open quarterfinal match on Thursday, the nearly unpronounceable seemed capable of pulling off the nearly unthinkable.

But Williams righted her game in time to save herself from losing that set, then mowed down Pavlyuchenkova from there on, advancing to the semifinals with a convincing 7-5, 6-1 victory at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Serena is now one step closer to ...

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