Serbia eased past Bulgaria to reach the last four ©CEV

World champions Serbia cruised into the semi-finals of the Women's European Volleyball Championship with a comfortable victory over Bulgaria in Turkey.

The 2017 winners made light work of their Bulgarian opponents, recording a 25-19, 25-18, 28-26 win at Ankara Arena.

Serbia will face Italy, who overcame Russia 25-27, 25-22, 27-25, 25-21 at Atlas Arena in Łódź in Poland.

"I am happy because we qualified to the semi-final one more time and we are still unbeaten," Serbia's middle blocker Stefana Veljkovic said.

"It can be dangerous as we didn't play any difficult game until now.

"We have to be focused a bit more.

"We will prepare for the semi-final after today, but for sure it will be a tough game."

Turkey booked their semi-final berth with a 25-20, 25-22, 25-20 triumph over the Netherlands on home soil in Ankara.

Poland await for Turkey in the last four after they battled to a 22-25, 25-16, 25-19, 17-25, 15-11 win against Germany.

The semi-finals will take place on Saturday (September 7).