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      Stosur outdoes Venus, Serena awaits in SFs

      (WCIV)

      CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Sam Stosur pulled off two major feats in one day, not just winning two matches, but beating Venus Williams for the first time in five career meetings.

      Stosur's third round match was stopped in the first set Thursday night due to heavy rain, but she came back Friday morning to close out Galina Voskoboeva, 63 46 62, then went back on court two hours later and outdid Williams, 63 46 63.

      "Today was very different than what we've been playing in, so it was good to get used to the conditions," Stosur said of the earlier match. "Maybe I would have preferred not to play two three set matches, but nevertheless, I'm happy to be through. And I'm very, very happy to have beaten Venus now."

      Next up for Stosur will be Serena Williams, who won when Sabine Lisicki retired in the first set of their match with an ankle injury. Stosur trails Serena in their head-to-head, 5-3, but the Australian did win their only meeting on clay.

      Seven players have beaten both Williams sisters at the same event before, and they are all former World No.1s (Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, Steffi Graf, Martina Hingis, Kim Clijsters, Lindsay Davenport, Justine Henin, Jelena Jankovic).

      The other semi is No.9 seed Lucie Safarova against Family Circle Cup veteran Nadia Petrova or first-timer Polona Hercog- those two played Friday night.

      (Press release courtesy: www.familycirclecup.com{})

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