Dinara Safina could never quite get in the right position to take the momentum in her quarterfinal against Venus Williams today in Stuttgart. Williams was on fire, and the sometimes-shaky forehand was just fine, thank you very much. Corina Morariu, commentator on Tennis Channel, pointed out that Safina was playing the court like a fast court when, in reality, it was very slow. Her failure to move into the ball, said Morariu, kept her from taking control of any part of the match.
Beyond that, if Williams continues to play at this level, it will be difficult for anyone to beat her.
Williams def. Safina, 6-4, 6-2
Nadia Petrova also defeated Li Na, 6-2, 6-3, to gain a spot in the semifinals.