WASHINGTON, April 2 (Xinhua) -- Russian Svetlana
Kuznetsova spoiled the prospect of an all-Williams semi-final at the Miami WTA
tournament on Tuesday.
Hours after Serena Williams was victorious in her
quarter-final, Kuznetsova defeated Venus Williams 6-4, 6-4.
Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia reacts
after winning her match against Venus Williams of U.S. at the Sony
Ericsson Open tennis tournament in Key Biscayne, Florida April 1, 2008.
The Russian held serve throughout the first set,
winning all 14 of her first-serve points. Tied at 3-3 in the second set,
Kuznetsova broke Williams to go up 4-3 and ended up serving out for the match.
"I just felt a little bit off," said Venus, who has
won the tournament in 1998, 1999 and 2001. "I didn't have the answers today, and
she played well.
"I'm always happy for Serena to win. It would have
been obviously very exciting for me to win too, but it just didn't happen."
Younger sister Serena Williams beat the world's top
female player Justine Henin 6-2, 6-0 in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.
Venus Williams of the U.S. talks with
her father Richard Williams during a match against Russia's Svetlana
Kuznetsova at the Sony Ericsson Open tennis tournament in Key Biscayne,
Florida April 1, 2008. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
Williams won the final 10 games by playing nearly
flawless tennis, while Henin played below usual level after she double-faulted
three times to fall behind 4-2.
Serena, who beat Henin here in last season's
championship match, captured three breaks in each set of the 80-minute match.
It was another tough loss for the 25-year-old
Belgian, who was playing her first tournament since being upset by Francesca
Schiavone in the quarterfinals at Dubai.