Posted May 16, 2012 on AP on Fox

CARLSBAD, CA - AUGUST 02: Flavia Pennetta of Italy celebrates against Jamea Jackson during their match on Day 3 of the Acura Classic August 2, 2006 at La Costa Spa and Resort in Carlsbad, California. Pennetta won 6-2, 7-6 (7-1). (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
Serena Williams advanced to the semifinals at the Italian Open on Friday after Flavia Pennetta retired with a right wrist problem while trailing 4-0 in the first set. The Italian player called for the trainer after falling behind 3-0. She had her wrist re-taped, but conceded during the fifth game after 28 minutes of play. The victory extended Williams' winning streak to 17 matches following titles in Charleston, South Carolina and Madrid. She also has two victories in Fed Cup. Williams will face the winner of match between French Open champion Li Na and fourteenth-seeded Dominika Cibulkova in the semifinals. Older sister Venus Williams plays defending champion Maria Sharapova later Friday. On men's side, top-ranked Novak Djokovic meets No. 5 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and five-time champion Rafael Nadal faces Tomas Berdych.
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