Serena, Federer reach semifinalsSerena Williams saved some family pride Wednesday at the Australian Open.
Shortly after older sister Venus lost to Li Na of China, four-time champion Serena was down a set and 4-0 in the second before rebounding for a 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2 win over Victoria Azarenka of Belarus to reach the semifinals. Top-seeded Roger Federer overcame an awkward start to win 13 straight games and beat Nikolay Davydenko 2-6, 6-3, 6-0, 7-5 to reach the semifinals for a 23rd straight Grand Slam. Federer will face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the semis. Andy Murray and Marin Cilic meet in the other match. In the women’s semifinals, Serena will take on Li, and Justine Henin will play China’s Zheng Jie.
BIG WIN COSTLY FOR S.C.South Carolina’s first victory over a No. 1 team will cost $25,000. The Southeastern Conference fined South Carolina that amount for violating league rules against permitting fans on the playing area following a 68-62 victory over top-ranked Kentucky on Tuesday night. As the game neared the end, security at the Colonial Life Arena held up a yellow rope to keep the people off the court.
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