Lawn Tennis
Williams Sisters Miami Matchup Two Matches Away
By Anton Lagani, Lawn Tennis Correspondent, Posted: Monday, April 1, 2008 11:30am CST USA
Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Sony Ericsson Open
Photos by Al Bello/Getty, Wilfredo Lee/AP
MIAMI--( American sisters and former world number ones Serena Williams and Venus Williams are only two matches away from their second meeting of the year. If both sisters win their quarterfinals today, they would then face each other in the Sony Ericsson Open semifinals.

Serena beat Venus only two weeks ago at the Bangalore semifinals 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(7-4) after Venus had held a matchpoint of her own.

2008 Sony Ericsson Open, Miami, Florida, USA
Miami, Florida, United States
March 26-April 6, 2008
$3,770,000 | Hard court
Day 7 Tuesday | Quarterfinals & Fourth Round

Women's Singles: Quarterfinals
Justine Henin (BEL) [1] vs. Serena Williams (USA) [8]
Henin beat Williams at three straight grand slams last year. Serena will tell you she was injured in those matches. Williams beat Henin here at Miami in the final last year even after losing the first set 6-0. Henin knows that if Serena is not at her best she will have a great chance to win again simply because Henin's game is not as high risk. Serena will need to hit more winners than errors or Henin will win.
Winner: Williams.

Women's Singles: Quarterfinals
Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) [3] vs. Venus Williams (USA) [6]
Kuznetsova won the title last week at Indian Wells but does not have weapons as large as Venus does, especially weapons equipped for hardcourts. Venus has been up and down so far this year with her results and lost badly in a windy Qatar match. She seems to be dealing with the wind better this week in Miami. I think Venus will need to keep Kuznetsova on the run and keep the points short. Kuznetsova most likely will try the same tactic. The better executioner will win.
Winner: Williams.

Men's Singles: 4th Round
Julien Benneteau (FRA) vs. Andy Roddick (USA) [6]
Roddick of the USA leads Frenchman Benneteau 2-1 head to head. I saw Benneteau defeat Roddick in Memphis two year ago 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(7-4) by striking the ball hard and early. Roddick will attempt to serve big and overpower Benneteau. It could go the distance, but I think Roddick will pull through.
Winner: Roddick.

Men's Singles: 4th Round
Roger Federer (SUI) [1] vs. Jose Acasuso (ARG)
No surprise world number one Federer of Switzerland leads Acasuso 2-0. Acasuso of Argentia prefers clay courts, and I don't think he will be able to counter the Federer game one a fast hard court; although I'm sure the large Spanish speaking part of the Miami crowd would love to see him try.
Winner: Federer.

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