Serena Reaches Third Straight Final

Williams beats Cornet in straight sets for her 14th win in a row
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted Apr 19, 2008 5:01 PM CDT
Alize Cornet, of France, hits a shot during her 7-5, 6-3 loss to Serena Williams, of the United States, today.    (AP Photo/Alice Keeney)
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(Newser) – Serena Williams reached her third consecutive final and won her 14th straight match when she beat Alize Cornet of France 7-5, 6-3 at the Family Circle Cup today. In tomorrow's final, she faces the winner of an all-Russian semifinal between No. 4 Elena Dementieva and No. 9 Vera Zvonareva. Fifth-seeded Williams rallied from 4-1 down against the unseeded Cornet in the semifinals.

Williams broke Cornet twice at love before taking the set. In a second set featuring long baseline rallies, Williams broke Cornet in the eighth game, then held serve at love to take the match. "In just the whole match I thought she played really well, and I just wasn't playing my game," Williams said. Cornet, an 18-year-old ranked No. 40, also made the semifinals at Amelia Island last week.