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Serena and Venus reach Olympic doubles semis

Wimbledon, England (Sports Network) - Reigning gold medallists Serena Williams and Venus Williams secured a spot in the women's doubles semifinals at the Olympic Games tennis event.

The unseeded sisters blew away second-seeded Italians Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci 6-1, 6-1 Thursday at the All England Club. Serena is also into the singles semis here. Errani was a surprise French Open singles runner-up in June.

Serena and Venus won the Wimbledon doubles title in this London suburb last month and captured Olympic gold together in Beijing four years ago and Sydney in 2000.

Their semifinal opponents on Friday will be third-seeded Russians Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova. Kirilenko, like Serena, will also compete in a singles semifinal on Day 7.

The other women's doubles semi will pit top-seeded Americans Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond against fourth-seeded Czechs Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka. The 35-year-old Huber and 38-year-old Raymond are the reigning U.S. Open champs.

08/02 16:54:30 ET

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