The number one in the world, the American Serena Williams won her match number 700 against the German Sabine Lisicki to qualify for the semifinals of the Miami Open, Premier category in women (WTA).
The also first favorite of the contest that awards about 12.5 million dollars in prizes for both sexes, beat the European with scores of 7-6 (7/4), 1-6, 6-3.
“I didn’t know I had 700, now I just want to keep going, doing the best I can,” Serena, 33, said after the match. “I just have to stay positive and win as much as possible,” he added.
The winner of seven titles in the ‘Capital of the Sun’ will now face the winner of the quarterfinal night match between the Romanian Simona Halep (N.3) and her compatriot Sloane Stephens.
Serena had a forgettable second set as she easily conceded 6-1, when she made 23 of her 43 unforced errors to that point.
The youngest of the Williams recognized that “I know that today was not my best day, but I said to myself ‘I am not having the service in the way that I normally serve’ and that hit me, so at that moment everything What he can do is fight and try to give 200% instead of 100%.
The German committed five double faults on serve and Serena six, but the defending champion hit four aces on serve.
In addition, Serena Williams broke her opponent five times.
Serena leads the personal record against Lisicki 3-1.
The semifinalist table among the ladies has already been completed because this Thursday the German Andrea Petkovic (N:9) and the Spanish Carla Suárez Navarro (N.12) will face each other in that phase.
Serena arrived in Miami for the fifteenth time in her career and has seven trophies in this tournament.
The world number one, who owns 19 Grand Slam crowns, is seeking her eighth crown in this event, while the German did so for the eighth time and reached the quarterfinals for the first time.
Serena reached the semifinals having lost only one set.