Serena Williams powers to Rogers Cup semifinals in an hour

Serena Williams made quick work of Magdelana Rybarikova on Friday, winning 6-1, 6-1. (Michael...

Serena Williams made quick work of Magdelana Rybarikova on Friday, winning 6-1, 6-1. (Michael Peake/Toronto Sun)

IAN SHANTZ, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:50 PM ET

Magdalena Rybarikova flashed a mighty, glowing grin, having finally managed to solve the unsolvable.

If you had just tuned in, you might have thought it was game, set, match for the unheralded Slovakian.

But it wasn’t. Far from it.

Rybarikova’s limited moment of happiness arrived in the opening set of her Rogers Cup quarterfinal on Friday night with world-beater Serena Williams, who had built an easy-peasy five zip lead on Centre Court at the Rexall Centre and was essentially toying with her opponent.

Then, Rybarikova held serve to get on the board. It was her ray of sunshine. A smidgen of hope is all you can ask for against the big-serving American and, usually, as was the case with Rybarikova, a tiny window of opportunity is all you ever get.

The door closed quickly. The lesser light managed to win one more game in a 6-1, 6-1 Williams thrash-job that took about as long to complete as an ice-cold brewskie on a piping-hot day.


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