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Williams sisters advance to French Open doubles final [Updated]

June 2, 2010 | 12:01 pm

Williams-sisters_400 About an hour after her upset loss to Samantha Stosur in Wednesday's French Open singles quarterfinals, Serena Williams was back on the court with her sister, Venus, for the doubles semifinals.

After a rough start, the day ended up getting much better for the Williams sisters, who advanced to the doubles final with a 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory over Liezel Huber of the United States and Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain.

The top-seeded Williams sisters are seeking their fourth straight Grand Slam title and 12th overall. They won the French Open in 1999 and will need to defeat the 12th-seeded pair of Kveta Peschke of the Czech Republic and Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia to do it again in 2010.

Also Wednesday at Roland Garros, four-time men's champion and second-seeded Rafael Nadal defeated No. 19-seeded  Nicolas Almagro, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (3), 6-4, in an all-Spanish quarterfinal.

Nadal will face Austraian 29-year-old Jurgen Melzer (the 22nd seed), who advanced to his first Grand Slam semifinal by beating third-seeded Novak Djokovic, 3-6, 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (3), 6-4.

[Correction: An earlier version of this post incorrectly listed Melzer as Australian.]

Follow the results: men's singles, men's doubles, women's singles and women's doubles.

-- Chuck Schilken

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Serena, left, and Venus Williams after their victory on June 2, 2010. Credit: Christophe Ena / Associated Press

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