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Serena Williams reaches semifinals

Updated: May 11, 2012, 4:41 PM ET
Associated Press

MADRID -- Serena Williams cruised past No. 2 Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-3 to advance to the semifinals along with top-ranked Victoria Azarenka. She rallied past French Open winner Li Na 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Williams opened strong, hitting six aces and earning two early breaks to take the first set.

Sharapova broke at love to even the score at 2-2 in the second set, but she quickly squandered her break with a costly sixth double fault to fall behind for good. Williams sealed her seventh ...

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