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Serena Williams advances to Rogers Cup semifinals

Serena Williams advances to Rogers Cup semifinals
Serena Williams returns a shot against Roberta Vinci during a quarterfinal match at the Rogers Cup in Toronto. (Frank Gunn / Associated Press)

Top-ranked Serena Williams advanced to the Rogers Cup semifinals Friday night in Toronto, beating Italy's Roberta Vinci, 6-4, 6-3.

Williams will face Belinda Bencic of Switzerland, an 0-6, 6-3, 6-1 winner over fifth-seeded Ana Ivanovic of Serbia.

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Earlier, second-seeded Simona Halep of Romania rebounded to beat sixth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland, 0-6, 6-3, 6-1.

Halep will face 15th-seeded Sara Errani of Italy in the semifinals.

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic survived two match points and rallied to beat Latvia's Ernests Gulbis, 5-7, 7-6 (7), 6-1, in the Rogers Cup quarterfinals at Montreal.

It was the first time Djokoic survived match points against him since 2012 in

Djokovic will face France's Jermey Chardy, a 6-7 (9), 7-6 (13), 7-6 (4) winner over American John Isner, 6-7 (9), 7-6 (13), 7-6 (4).

Fourth-ranked Kei Nishikori of Japan beat seventh-seeded Spanish star Rafael Nadal of Spain 6-2, 6-4.

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