Saturday's WTA Tour round-up
Family Circle Cup
Serena Williams beat third seed Lindsay Davenport 6-1 7-5 to progress to the final of the $1.3m WTA event in Charleston, South Carolina.
Williams is undefeated in 2003
Williams, playing on clay for the first time this year, maintained her unbeaten record in 2003 in a one-sided contest against her American rival.
The world number one was untouchable in the first set winning 6-1 before taking a 3-1 lead in the second over Davenport, one of the few players on the circuit who can match her for sheer power.
But she then finally lost her serve and allowed Davenport to level at 4-4.
Williams stepped up the pace again and broke to lead 6-5. Davenport had two break points in the next game, but Williams aced her on both occasions.
I'd have my first serves come back at me for winners, I've never had that happen to me too often
Williams sent down another ace to reach match point and then finished it off with a crosscourt forehand winner.
Playing Williams on Sunday will be Belgium's Justine Henin-Hardenne, who beat Ashley
Harkleroad 6-2 6-1.
Henin-Hardenne, ranked fourth in the world, used powerful serving and a relentless backhand to end Harkleroad's run.
The 17-year-old American beat three seeded players on her way to her first WTA Tour semi-final.
Harkleroad looked as if she might make it four wins over seeded players early on, taking the first game at love. But Henin-Hardenne, playing this event for the first
time, soon gained control.
Defending champion Magui Serna has progressed to the final of the Estoril Open in Portugal with a dominant semi-final performance.
Serna beat Anca Barna, another German, in last year's final
After sitting through a rain delay, the second-seeded Spaniard wasted no time in beating Virginie Razzano.
The third seed from France was totally overwhelmed in a crushing 6-0 6-1 defeat.
"I was expecting a lot tougher match. But the other girl didn't really
have many weapons," Serna said after the victory.
She will now play German newcomer Julia Schruff who beat Swiss Emmanuelle Gagliardi 6-3 6-4.
Schruff has played some of her best ever tennis at the Estadio Nacional, knocking out top seed Katarina Srebotnik in the second round and Slovak Ludmilla Cervanova in the quarters.
"I can't believe I'm in the final," she said. "I really don't know how I did this. I have no words for this accomplishment."