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Venus tops Serena in all-Williams semifinal

MONTREAL (AP) -- Venus beat Serena in an all-Williams semifinal in the Rogers Cup.

Venus topped Serena 6-7 (2), 6-2, 6-3 on Saturday in the hard-court event for her first victory over her sister since 2009 in Dubai.

"I think for both of us, what's so unique about the situation is that we're both very good players," Venus said. "I think typically you may have some siblings, one is quite good, one is not as good so you kind of know what the result is. I think we both know when we walk out there, it's not like you're guaranteed a win. I think that's what makes it challenging for both of us."

The 32-year-old Serena, ranked No. 1 in the world for the 200th career week, leads the series 14-11 and had won the last five matches. The 34-year-old Venus, ranked 26th, ended her sister's 14-match Rogers Cup winning streak that dated to wins at the 2011 and 2013 tournaments in Toronto. Serena skipped the 2012 event in Montreal.

"I don't think I played a great game today," Serena said. "Let's just face it, I served well in the first set, but that was that. So, I definitely need to go back and analyze it, figure out how to be more consistent."

In the second semifinal, third-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska faced Ekaterina Makarova.

"I definitely don't want to have a letdown and get out there and not play at least half as well," Venus said about the final. "I don't want to put any pressure on myself, but I want to go out there and perform just as well. It would mean a lot to me because I've been dreaming of winning a tournament at this level since I got back on tour. You try and you try. There are disappointments. One day you get a little closer. So this is my `little closer' right now."

Venus won the last of her 45 titles in Dubai in February. She uses medication, a vegan diet and rest to control Sjogren's Syndrome, an auto-immune disease she was diagnosed with in 2011.

Unseeded Venus started the match strong on her serve and took a 3-1 lead, but Serena rallied to tie it at 3 and went on to take the set in a tiebreaker. Venus dominated the second set, breaking Serena's serve twice and taking advantage of unforced errors.

Serena made two errors and dropped serve to fall behind 4-2 in the third set. Venus, who dropped serve only once in the match, served for the win at 5-3. Venus hit a rocket serve on her third match point that Serena returned into the net. Serena had 19 aces and nine double faults, and Venus had six aces and two doubles faults.

Serena was coming off a victory last week in Stanford, California, in her first tournament since withdrawing from a doubles match at Wimbledon because of equilibrium problems.

Serena, who has 17 Grand Slam titles, has struggled in the majors this year. She was beaten in the fourth round at the Australian Open, second round at the French Open and third round at Wimbledon.

"I haven't even been able to get to the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam this year," Serena said. "At this point, I'm really just looking forward to next year, to be honest."

She was quick to point out that didn't mean she's giving up on the U.S. Open, where she is the two-time defending champion.

"I'm just saying I've had a really disappointing year, for me, especially in the Grand Slams," she said. "So I'm not going to put any pressure on myself.

"I almost feel like the pressure is lifted because I haven't performed the way I've wanted to. In a way, I don't feel a ton of pressure going into the Open. I almost feel like it's lifted. I look forward to next year because I don't have any points to defend at any of the slams."

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Beverly Doyle August 09 2014 at 6:59 PM

Ah, I knew the trolls were hiding somewhere, and lo and behold, here they are on an article about two excellent tennis players who happen to be Black. They are a joy to watch when they are both healthy, and can take on the best from around the world. Kudos to Venus this time, and I hope they both stay healthy for a long time.

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theomegaman72 August 09 2014 at 6:47 PM

Serena must have been in between juicing cycles

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exitscreaming theomegaman72 August 10 2014 at 2:30 PM

There was an incident in Oct 2011 when ITF attempted to test Serena out of competition. A Doping Control agent knocked on her front door and she locked herself in her panic room.

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arnoldhoneybrown August 09 2014 at 7:59 PM

WHO CARES !! Sick of them as Tiger .

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rude August 10 2014 at 12:48 AM

So nice to see Venus come out on top after so many setbacks these past couple years. She's still my favorite of the two sisters. I hope her new-found confidence takes her all the way to the title.

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brewmurgy August 09 2014 at 7:40 PM

America's best international sports talent.

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MeritaBread August 09 2014 at 8:16 PM

Congratulations Venus. If Serena HAD to lose to anyone, I am glad it was you. I'm always rooting for you big sis. Now go on, take the final, and we will see you both at the U.S. Open. The very best of all things good to you both.

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exitscreaming August 09 2014 at 10:03 PM

In 2011 Serena was rushed to the hospital with a blood clot on her lungs. What group of people are at risk for pulmonary embolism? Old, fat, sedentary, and of course people who abuse intravenous drugs and use hormonal supplements.

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meepstein exitscreaming August 10 2014 at 1:18 PM

Why don't you and some of the other idiots posting on this sight just admit you are racists.

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exitscreaming meepstein August 10 2014 at 3:02 PM

" on this sight "......other idiots ?

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doug August 09 2014 at 8:39 PM

Ok, Ok, I know what wonderful talent, but when I see these two athletes........I think "what beauty". Wonderul.

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patww751 August 10 2014 at 6:44 AM

Why such negative remarks for the best athletes representing this country. Are you so full of hatred that you can't congratulate them? As many international star athletes they have defeated don't you think they would call foul if they thought they used drugs. Let me see you do it .CONGRATULATIONS Venus.

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radarmannoshoes patww751 August 10 2014 at 9:04 AM

blow me

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Beverly Doyle radarmannoshoes August 10 2014 at 1:24 PM

Why on earth would anyone do that to you? Yuck!

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iceland309 August 10 2014 at 9:11 AM

The Williams sisters.......2 MEN on a tennis court. Serena bears a striking resemblance to a rhinocerous.

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bbowens8 iceland309 August 10 2014 at 3:39 PM

Her coach doesn't seem to mind, he left his wife for her.

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nrldeepthroat iceland309 August 11 2014 at 1:01 AM

So does your mom.

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