CoCo Vandeweghe stuns Garbine Muguruza to make first Grand Slam semi-final

Jan 27, 2017, 01:06
CoCo Vandeweghe stuns Garbine Muguruza to make first Grand Slam semi-final

Fellow American Vandeweghe advanced to her first major semifinal, dictating play against French Open champion Garbine Muguruza in a 6-4, 6-0 quarterfinal win.

At 36, Williams is the oldest woman to reach the Australian Open singles semifinals since the Open Era began in 1968.

The match ended on Vandeweghe's serve, with a exhausted Muguruza hitting a forehand low into the net.

Williams and Vandeweghe broke serve once in the opening set, but Williams converted on her lone break point while Vandeweghe was 1 of 4 on her break opportunities.

"To have that thought that there's going to be at least one USA player in the final is great for American tennis", Venus said. It was his first major semi-final at 25 years.

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Another final match, another check in the winner's box for younger sister Serena as she bested Venus again 6-4, 6-3.

She could get a chance to avenge that loss - 22-time major victor Serena Williams was playing 34-year-old Mirjana Lucic-Baroni later Thursday for a spot in the final. Venus is aiming for her eighth.

The most recent title showdown between the sisters also marked Venus Williams' last Grand Slam final before this week - at Wimbledon in 2009, when Serena Williams posted a 7-6 (3), 6-2 victory. I'd like to keep it going.

"I probably just wanted to do really well", Konta said. "But I'm so happy to be in the position to like go further".

That year she was runner-up to her sister Serena Williams - the pair are drawn to meet in this year's final if they continue to win. Ex-great hope of the circuit in the 1990s, she played her second semi-final Grand Slam, 18 years after the first in Wimbledon.

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With the momentum behind her, Vandeweghe simply blasted away in the second set, hitting winners at will and barely putting a foot wrong. The sisters reunited in the Wimbledon final and Venus got another victory under her belt with she beat Serena 7-5, 6-4.

Williams now has a chance to win her first ever Australian Open title. "So it's going to be a well-contested match". "She played so unbelievable", Williams said.

There's also the possibility of another all-Williams final. "She just showed why she is who she is". She is focused on Grand Slam title No. 8.

Though Lucic-Baroni's tournament comes to a tough end, the 34-year-old still had some time to soak in the spotlight one last time, taking a selfie with the Rod Laver Arena crowd before leaving to rapturous applaus; she'll rise to a career-high ranking of No.29 on next week's WTA rankings. I did it for years and years.

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