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Serena Williams advances to final of Western & Southern Open

Serena Williams advances to final of Western & Southern Open
Serena Williams volleys a return againstElina Svitolinain a semifinal match of the Western & Southern Open on Saturday. (Rob Carr / Getty Images)

Defending champion Serena Williams gave herself a chance to make it two Cincinnati titles in a row.

She beat 14th-seeded Elina Svitolina, 6-4, 6-3, in the semifinals of the Western & Southern Open on Saturday.

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Williams will face third-seeded Simona Halep, who beat Jelena Jankovic, 6-1, 6-2, in the other semifinal.

Halep's win will move her ahead of Maria Sharapova, who withdrew from Cincinnati because of a leg injury, into the No. 2 seed for the U.S. Open.

"It definitely feels good to be back in the finals," Williams said. "I was playing aggressive more today and it really helped me, and it can keep me going for the next few weeks."

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