Stanford: Serena Williams shrugged off her unseeded status and delivered a dominating 6-1, 6-3 victory over second-seeded Maria Sharapova to reach the semi-finals of the WTA Stanford tournament.
Williams, a 13-time Grand Slam champion who is unseeded thanks to a ranking slump caused by a lengthy injury layoff, showed Friday she's still a contender as she overpowered Sharapova, who struggled throughout with her serve.
"I had a good start," Williams said. "You can't go in against the fifth-ranked player with your mind everywhere. You have to be serious. It's a great win for the hardcourt season."