Venus Williams sets Australian record with run to semifinals

Jan 27, 2017, 00:49
Venus Williams sets Australian record with run to semifinals

Vandeweghe, whose previous best grand slam tournament was making the quarter-finals at Wimbledon in 2015, will now meet compatriot Venus Williams in Thursday's semi-final.

Her powerful game raised a level with every round she advanced and she is also projected to crack the top-20 for the first time, rising from a pre-tournament ranking of 35. She has a pretty good record against me, and we have a good record against each other.

"I think she played unbelievable", Muguruza said.

Venus Williams - the seven-time Grand Slam singles champion - reached the semifinal round of the 2017 Australian Open after defeating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4, 7-6 (3).

Williams will now play Coco Vandeweghe, who beat seventh seed Garbine Muguruza, in an all-American semi-final.

World No.35 Vandeweghe's previous best grand slam effort is a quarter-final showing at Wimbledon in 2015 while she crashed in the first round at Melbourne Park past year.

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Federer took six months off after a knee injury, ruling him out for the latter half of 2016.

"My expectation was not to play Stan Wawrinka in the semis".

Vandeweghe, just 25, had rolled through the reigning Australian and French Open champions en route to her first career Grand Slam semifinal, but Venus pulled it out.

Only he didn't expect to be anywhere near the semifinals.

"Nobody has ever beaten me as much as Venus has", Serena said. "I don't shy away from a challenge necessarily. Then in the third set I think I was rolling".

Serena - ranked second behind Germany's Angelique Kerber now - can snatch the world No. 1 spot back if she beats 17th-ranked Venus on Saturday.

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"Once I got rolling in the second, it was like a freight train, you couldn't stop it", she said. "You couldn't stop it".

Vandeweghe was moving well and it was Williams who blinked first as the younger American took the tiebreak, pumping her fist and letting out a yell.

"I want to dictate, but the way she was playing, it was nearly impossible to do so".

At 35, Federer will be the oldest player in a men's Grand Slam final since Ken Rosewall (39) at the 1974 US Open. Serena has defeated her sister six of those times. Vandeweghe was brilliant in her service while there was an array of confidence in both the players, who were going for the winners.

On Wednesday, the men's semifinalists from the other side of the draw will be determined when 14-time major victor Rafael Nadal plays Milos Raonic and David Goffin takes on Grigor Dimitrov.

And maybe on the women's side as well.

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