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Last Updated: Friday, 7 March 2008, 14:59 GMT
Venus to face Serena in Bangalore
Venus and Serena Williams
Venus has beaten Serena in their last two meetings
Venus and Serena Williams will play each other for the first time in almost three years in the semi-finals of the Bangalore Open on Saturday.

World number seven Venus, 27, beat Vera Zvonareva 6-4 6-3 on Friday before third seed Serena, 26, demolished unseeded Anastasia Rodionova 6-1 6-4.

"(It) would have been nice if we'd met in the final," said Venus.

Top seed Jelena Jankovic suffered a surprise 6-3 3-6 6-3 defeat by China's Yan Zi, who next meets Patty Schnyder.

Fourth seed Schnyder of Switzerland beat Uzbek Akgul Amanmuradova 4-6 6-4 7-6 (7-1).

606: DEBATE

The Williams sisters are tied at 7-7 in career meetings, with Venus winning their last encounter at the US Open in 2005.

"I am happy that one of us will be in the final," said Venus.

Serena joked: "She is a tough player and the only chance of beating her is when she is injured. I want her leg to be broken.

"Venus is nice to me all the time except when she is on court.

"I am also very competitive and I always want to win. We will have fun tomorrow."



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