Tsonga continues dream run; Serena, Venus to clash

Tsonga continues dream run; Serena, Venus to clash

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Andy Murray for the first time in six years with a 7-6 (7/5) 4-6 6-4 verdict which took him into the Toronto Masters semifinals.

The victory, in just over two and a quarter hours on Friday, marked another disappointment for Murray, who has not won a title since his success at Wimbledon 13 months ago.

The 27-year-old Tsonga’s highlights this season have been limited to a pair of semifinals, at Acapulco and Roland Garros. Murray, who led 3-0 in the deciding set, had not played this week since the second round after receiving a walkover when Richard Gasquet withdrew from their scheduled third round clash with an abdominal strain.

“It’s just disappointing because it’s important to play matches,” said Murray, still trying to lift his form after back surgery 10 months ago and playing his first event since Wimbledon a month ago.

Tsonga will next play Grigor Dimitrov after the seventh seed beat South African Kevin Anderson 5-7 7-5 7-6 (8/6) in a match lasting three hours.
In another quarterfinal, Roger Federer celebrated his 33rd birthday with a 6-3 4-6 6-3 win over Spaniard David Ferrer.

Federer will next face another Spaniard, Feliciano Lopez, who beat sixth seed Milos Raonic 6-4 6-7(5) 6-3.

Sister act

Serena and Venus Williams will clash in the semi-finals of the Montreal WTA tournament after the American sisters battled through tough three-setters in the quarterfinals.

World number one Serena outlasted Caroline Wozniacki to clinch a 4-6 7-5 7-5 victory while Venus also came from a set down to beat Spanish 14th seed Carla Suarez Navarro, the third round conqueror of Maria Sharapova, 4-6 6-2 6-3.
Serena has a 14-10 career lead over her older sister.

The other semi will pit third seed Agnieszka Radwanska against Ekaterina Makarova. Poland's Radwanska, the third seed, advanced with a dominant 6-2 6-2 win over Belarus' Victoria Azarenka.

Unseeded Russian Makarova beat American qualifier Coco Vandeweghe 6-1 4-6 6-1.

Sania-Cara in semis

Sania Mirza and Cara Black spanked Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears 6-2, 6-1 to seal a semifinal berth in the doubles competition.