Venus beats Vinci in semis of WTA

Top-seeded Venus Williams has overpowered Roberta Vinci 6-2 6-2 to advance to the final of the WTA Elite Trophy.

Williams broke serve six times to dispatch the fourth-seeded Italian in just 65 minutes on Saturday.

The tournament brings together 11 of the top players who did not qualify for last week’s WTA Finals in Singapore.

Williams also beat Vinci in the semifinals of the Wuhan Open one month ago.

Vinci defeated Serena Williams in the semifinals of the US Open, denying the younger Williams the chance for a calendar-year Grand Slam.

Williams improved to 5-0 lifetime against Vinci and recorded her 40th match win of the year – a milestone she hasn’t achieved since 2008.

If Williams wins the title on Sunday she will return to the top 10 for the first time in more than four years.

Elina Svitolina faces Karolina Pliskova in Saturday’s other semifinal.

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