Serena keeps temper in check

Home-favourite controls urge to smash racquet after losing to Caroline Wozniacki in quarters

Danish fourth seed Caroline Wozniacki ended the comeback run of US 10th seed Serena Williams 6-4, 6-4 at the ATP and WTA Miami Masters on Tuesday. The American had been sidelined from WTA events since the Australian Open due to an ankle injury.

Frustrated: Serena Williams reacts after losing a point. Pic/AFP

"She definitely served the best she served in her career," Williams said. "She moved well and I just made too many errors. I felt a bit off. I probably played about 20 per cent."

The frustration had Williams wanting to smash a racquet but she thought better of it, saying, "I thought about it, but I'm trying to be better now."

Wozniacki, who ended Serena's bid for a record sixth title, will face with Russian Maria Sharapova in the semi-finals. Sharapova defeated Chinese eighth seed Li Na 6-3, 6-0.  Sharapova said: "It's the semi-finals, a tough stage and a tough opponent," Sharapova said. "Caroline has been one of the most consistent players on the tour for many reasons."

Djokovic in quarters
Meanwhile in the men's category, top seed Novak Djokovic made routine progress into the last eight with a straight-sets win over Richard Gasquet.

The Serb served six aces and broke serve three times to record a 7-5, 6-3 win over the 17th seed and set up a quarter-final against David Ferrer, who beat Juan Martin Del Potro 6-3 6-3. Brit Andy Murray was similarly untroubled as he also powered past a French opponent, beating Gilles Simon 6-3, 6-4. Andy Roddick crashed down to earth following his victory over Roger Federer as he lost 7-5, 6-0 to 21st seed Juan Monaco.

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