Having booked their place in the singles semi-finals earlier on in the day this time Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki were both back in action as they searched for a place in the Auckland final.
Standing in their way was the experienced Belgians. Alison Van Uytvanck and Kirsten Flipkens who provided a strong test for the first time American/Dane duo.
Early on they set out their intentions with an immediate break of serve following a stunning backhand return winner from Serena on the Flipkens serve which became a bit of a theme in that opening set.
A backhand return winner was what set up the decision set point in a marathon tie-break before Woz and Serena took a 7-6 lead.
Between that first break and that final point in the set it was a very good battle. The Belgian pair recovered very quickly and even found themselves ahead. You could say a set of missed opportunities for the Belgian pair who when they got ahead completely gave it away!
The second set was a similar start to the first for Caro and Serena. An early break of serve set the tone and once again opportunities were wasted by Flipkens who had a pretty easily volley on deciding point and put it wide.
The hands on hips stance began to come out from the Belgian pair following a string of errors at 2-4 and were quickly 0-40 down. A simple volley at the net sealed their fate and at 7-6 5-2 Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki would serve for the match.
The Dane was untroubled on serve and the pair would head into Sunday’s doubles final with a possibility of playing each other in Sunday’s singles final!