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Benneteau upsets Wawrinka to reach Cincy semis

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 15, 2014 at 2:08 pm •  Published: August 15, 2014

MASON, Ohio (AP) — Julien Benneteau upset Australian Open champ Stan Wawrinka in the Western & Southern Open quarterfinals Friday.

The unseeded Frenchman won 1-6, 6-1, 6-2.

On the women's side, top-seeded Serena Williams needed just 58 minutes to beat Jelena Jankovic 6-1, 6-3. Williams has never won the tournament outside Cincinnati in five previous appearances.

The third-seeded Wawrinka needed only 20 minutes to win the first set before unraveling with a string of unforced errors. He had 18 in the third set alone, while Benneteau had just five.

"It was a strange match, for sure," Wawrinka said. "Even when I was winning the first set, 6-1, I wasn't playing well. I wasn't moving well."

Benneteau has beaten Wawrinka in three consecutive matches. He reached the semifinals in Cincinnati for the first time.

Benneteau said he realized after the first set that if he didn't play more aggressively from the baseline, the match would be over quickly.

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