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Jankovic, Serena Williams win semifinals at China Open

  |   Oct. 5, 2013 at 8:03 AM
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BEIJING, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Top-ranked Serena Williams and former No. 1-ranked Jelena Jankovic claimed wins Saturday that boosted them into the title match of the WTA's China Open.

Williams gained her 12th WTA finals appearance of 2013 with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over world No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska. Williams lost only 14 points over her eight games serving and saved the only break point Radwanska managed.

She also won more than half (26-of-51) of the points when Radwanska served. Williams posted a pair of breaks in each set.

Jankovic was a 6-7 (7-9), 6-1, 6-1 winner over ninth-seeded Petra Kvitova in her semifinal. After the tight first set -- Kvitova won two more points than Jankovic in the set -- Jankovic took more than two-thirds of the points in the second and third sets.

Jankovic was ranked No. 1 for 18 weeks in 2008 and is currently 11th.

Williams is 6-4 all-time versus Jankovic and needed three sets to win the title match at Charleston, S.C., in their only meeting this year.

Williams is 9-2 in WTA finals this year and 55-17 all-time in championship matches. Jankovic is in her third title match of 2013. She won in Colombia before the loss to Williams in South Carolina. Jankovic is 13-17 in title matches.

The winner of Sunday's Jankovic-Williams match will collect $860,000 with the runner-up check worth $430,365. Radwanska and Kvitova were each given $210,000 for making the semifinals.

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