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Williams sisters win their way into semis

Saturday - 4/6/2013, 1:58pm  ET

Venus Williams returns to Varvara Lepchenko at the Family Circle Cup tennis tournament in Charleston, S.C., Friday, April 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

PETE IACOBELLI
AP Sports Writer

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Top-ranked Serena Williams ended a long and successful day for the Williams family as she and sister Venus both won twice Friday to reach the Family Circle Cup semifinals and set up their first sibling showdown since 2009.

Serena won her 13th straight match by defeating sixth-seeded Lucie Safarova, 6-4, 6-1. Earlier, she topped two-time NCAA doubles champ Mallory Burdette in a third-round match moved due to Thursday's 7
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