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Venus reaches Madrid semis

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Venus Williams reinforced her pending move back to the world number two ranking with a 6-3, 6-3 defeat of Samantha Stosur to reach the semifinals of the Madrid Masters on Friday.
Williams, who began this week on fourth, will fall in behind her top-ranked sister Serena on the Monday WTA list, with the pair heading the table for the first time in seven years.
French Open semifinalist Stosur, set for a career-high boost to seventh, has been the standout of the clay campaign, winning 14 of 15 matches coming into her clash with the American with a title in Charleston and a losing final -- her only other clay defeat in 2010 -- to Justine Henin.
But as in their three previous meetings, Williams claimed the victory, going through to the last four against either Israeli Shahar Peer of Li Na of China.

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