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Venus on course for Dubai semi with Serena

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  • Venus Williams defeats Alize Cornet of France in WTA tournament in Dubai
  • Wimbledon champion could face sister and world No. 1 Serena in semifinals
  • Third-seeded Serb Jelena Jankovic beaten 6-2 7-5 by Estonian Kaia Kanepi
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(CNN) -- Venus Williams stayed on course for a semifinal showdown with her sister and world number one Serena with a straight sets win over fast-improving Alize Cornet of France in Dubai.

Venus powers a backhand during her straight sets win over Cornet in Dubai.

Venus powers a backhand during her straight sets win over Cornet in Dubai.

Wimbledon champion Venus proved too strong for 19-year-old Cornet as she reached the last eight with a 6-3 6-1 victory at the outdoor hardcourt event.

The sixth seed was never troubled after a close first set and now faces Russian fourth seed Elena Dementieva, who beat Spain's Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-1 6-3.

Australian Open champion Serena rounded off Wednesday's action with a 6-4 6-2 win over Zheng Jie of China in a night match.

But the lights went out for third-seeded Serb Jelena Jankovic who slumped to a shock 6-2 7-5 defeat by the 16th-seeded Estonian Kaia Kanepi.

Reigning French Open champion Ana Ivanovic also came through against French opponent Camille Pin, winning 6-2 7-6.

Earlier, former Wimbledon finalist Marion Bartoli was forced to quit with a foot problem while trailing 2-5 to Russia's Vera Zvonareva, the fifth seed.

Dominika Cibulkova of Slovavia fell unwell and had to retire when trailing 4-6 6-1 4-0 in the deciding set against Elena Vesnina.

Unseeded Russian Vesnina had put out seventh seeded compatriot Svetlana Kuznetsova in the previous round.

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