WTA Rodgers Cup: Williams on track for number eight

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Serena Williams remains on course to collect her eighth title of the season after easing past Magdalena Rybarikova in straight sets at WTA Rodgers Cup in Toronto.

Williams spent just one hour on the court on Friday dominating the world number 42 to claim victory 6-1 6-1.

The American admitted that she was not taking any chances against the Slovakian as she looked to ensure a spot in the final four would be hers.

“She had nothing to lose,” Williams said. “I knew I had to play really, really good today.”

The 31-year-old has been in top form since her shock fourth round loss to Sabine Lisicki at Wimbledon, going on a run of 8-0 and she believes that her mindset and attitude has changed for the better since her loss at SW19.

“I just felt like I was too tight, and just put a lot of pressure on myself there.

“I just needed to relax more than anything, which is what I’m doing.”

Agniesszka Radwanska of Poland awaits Williams in the semi-finals, as both look to battle it out for a spot in the showpiece final.

Unseeded Romanian Sorana Cirstea booked her place in the final four and will take on the fourth seed from China, Li Na.

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