Serena sweeps past Sharapova into Madrid semis

Serena Williams routed Maria Sharapova to reach the Madrid Open semi-finals yesterday. but insisted she has no intention of joining Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in their blue clay boycott threat.

Sharapova after her loss to Serena Williams yesterday. Pics/ AFP

The American ninth seed cruised to a 6-1, 6-3 quarter-final win over second-seeded Sharapova, the recent Stuttgart champion, hitting 11 aces, 28 winners and enjoying five breaks of serve in 80 minutes.

Williams said that while the blue clay courts remain problematic, the issue was not enough to make her consider skipping the event in 2012.

“This is a tough surface and it’s extremely slippery,” said the 13-time Grand Slam-winner, who is unbeaten against Sharapova since 2005 and is riding a 10-match winning streak.

“But Djokovic is still in the event and so is Roger (Federer), last time I checked. If I’m not here next year, it won’t be because of the clay. I don’t think there’s any improvement in the courts over the week, but every clay court is different. Maybe, next year they’ll put more clay on it.” 

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