MONTREAL — Serena and Venus set up an all-Williams semifinal in the Rogers Cup.
The sisters advanced to their 25th career meeting Friday, both rallying to win their quarterfinal matches in the hard-court event. Serena beat Caroline Wozniacki 4-6, 7-5, 7-5, and Venus topped Carla Suarez Navarro 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.
The 32-year-old Serena has won the last five matches against 34-year-old Venus to take a 14-10 edge.
“I definitely don’t like playing her,” Serena said. “I think I’ve lost to her more than anyone on the tour, so it’s definitely not a fun match.
“She’s tough. She has a great serve. She runs every ball down. She has a great backhand. She hits winners off the forehand. She does everything well so it’s not an ideal matchup for anyone, to be honest.”
In the other quarterfinals, Agnieszka Radwanska faced Victoria Azarenka, and qualifier Coco Vanderweghe played Ekaterina Makarova.
Serena, the defending champion and world’s top-ranked player, extended her Rogers Cup winning streak to 14 matches after victories at the 2011 and 2013 events in Toronto. She skipped the 2012 tournament.
“I was making a lot of unforced errors in general,” Serena said. “But I just thought, ‘Just keep fighting. Hopefully I can just hold on and hold on, try to break, keep going for each shot.’
“I just never wanted to stop and tried to do the best that I could.”
Tsonga upsets Murray: In Toronto, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reached the Rogers Cup semifinals with a second straight upset victory.
The 13th-seeded Frenchman beat eighth-seeded Andy Murray 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-4 on Friday.
On Thursday, Tsonga upset top-seeded Novak Djokovic 6-2, 6-2.
“I don’t have a lot of confidence behind me,” Tsonga said. “I try to be consistent in my work, and I’m sure it will give me some rewards.
“This week is kind of rewards for me, you know, to play like this, to beat two guys in the top 10. It’s good, and I hope it will continue.”
Murray reached the quarterfinals by walkover.
when Richard Gasquet withdrew.
“I thought it was a high-level match with a few games by both of us in the second and third sets that were a bit scrappy,” Murray said.
Tsonga will face seventh-seeded Grigor Dimitrov on Saturday. Dimitrov beat Kevin Anderson 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (6).
In the late quarterfinals, second-seeded Roger Federer played David Ferrer, and Canada’s Milos Raonic faced Feliciano Lopez.