Serena Williams dominates Ivanovic in quarterfinals

Serena Williams hits a forehand against Ana Ivanovic Serena Williams hits a forehand against Ana Ivanovic in the second set at Arthur Ashe Stadium during the 2012 U.S. Open. (Sept. 5, 2012) Photo Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams, Jr.

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Before her quarterfinal match Wednesday night against Ana Ivanovic, Serena Williams watched her good friend Andy Roddick's career end with a loss to Juan Martin del Potro. She cried in the locker room and had to get herself together for the next match at Ashe Stadium.

"It wasn't easy, to be honest," Williams said. "I love Andy so much, he is such a good friend. I've known him since I was eight years old."

Apparently, it didn't take long to compose herself. She came out firing, served three aces in the first game, and dispatched Ivanovic, 6-1, 6-3, in 58 minutes.

Williams' serve was too much. She had 12 aces and 25 of her 46 serves were not returned. In the second game of the second set, Ivanovic got her racket on Williams' serve only once. Ivanovic had two break points in the seventh game of the first set, but Williams closed it with an ace.

Williams will play Sara Errani, the Italian who is having the best season of her life, in the semifinals. Errani beat her best friend and doubles partner, Roberta Vinci, 6-2, 6-4.

After switching to a longer, heavier racket this season, Errani has earned four of her six career tournament wins and risen to No. 10 in the world. She lost the French Open final to Maria Sharapova. Errani also will rise to No. 1 in the doubles rankings and Vinci will be No. 2.

"Quarterfinal with your best friend, of course, is difficult," Errani said. "We know each other very well. We played together many times. So was also strange to see her on the other side of the net."

Williams has beaten Errani all three times they've met, but the last time was in 2009. "She's such a fighter," Williams said. "She's strong and quick."

But can she return Williams' serve?

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