Williams passes Li test to reach semis

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Serena Williams celebrates after defeating Li Na.

World No. 1 Serena Williams defeated fifth seed Li Na 6-3, 7-6(5) to move into the semifinals of the Sony Open Tennis on Tuesday in Miami.

Five-time champion Williams overcame six double-faults and rallied in the second set from a 5-2 deficit. She hit six winners in the tiebreaker, including a forehand passing shot cross-court on the final point.

Williams is two wins away from becoming the first woman to lift six trophies at Crandon Park.

On a breezy, sun-splashed afternoon, Williams and Li both struggled with their second serve. Li had seven double-faults, with three giving Williams her only break points.

In the tiebreaker, Williams didn't need a second serve. She hit consecutive service winners for a 4-3 lead, then two more to go up 6-5.

When Williams smacked a winner on match point she jumped for joy, with fist raised.

For a place in the final, Williams will face either fourth-seeded defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska or No. 30 seed Kirsten Flipkens. The two will square off in the first match of the evening session on Stadium Court.

 Li Na returns a ball to Serena Williams.

Li Na returns a ball to Serena Williams.

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