AUSTRALIAN OPEN WOMEN'S SINGLES: For first time since 2003, Venus Williams reaches semi-final in Melbourne



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AUSTRALIAN OPEN WOMEN'S SINGLES: For first time since 2003, Venus Williams reaches semi-final in Melbourne

American tennis player Venus Williams has reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open after defeating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. The 36-year-old defeated the Russian in a two-set battle 6-4 7-6 (3). It took an hour and 47 minutes for the match to be concluded.

Pavlyuchenkova was leading by a break in both sets, but failed to capitalize on both occasions. She was as well 3-1 up in the second set tie-break -- then lost six points in a row, and eventually the clash. 13th-seeded Williams hit 35 winners, converted 5/10 of her break point chances and had 29 unforced errors.

On the other side, Pavlyuchenkova didn't have a positive winners/unforced errors ratio, firing 17 winner shots and 32 unforced errors. Williams will next take on CoCo Vandeveghe, who handed a loss to Garbine Muguruza.

The unseeded American lost just four games against Muguruza of Spain on her way to reaching the last-four stage 6-4 6-0. The match's duration saw an hour and 23 minutes of play. The two were even at 3-3 in the opening set, when Vandeweghe took the first break of the match to open up a 4-3 lead.

Vandeweghe didn't look back since as she had won eight games and her opponent only one since the opening break of the clash. The 25-year-old Vandeweghe notched 31 winners and converted 4/13 of her break point chances. Muguruza collected 14 winner shots and had 16 unforced errors on Rod Laver Arena.

Williams and Vandeweghe have met once so far -- last year in Rome -- Williams taking a 2-0 win over the younger compatriot back then. Full results: [13] Venus Williams (USA) d. [24] Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 6-4 7-6 (3)
CoCo Vandeweghe (USA) d.

[7] Garbine Muguruza (ESP) 6-4 6-0 Photo-- #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) Twitter Also read: Australian Open Day 9: Could Federer make an improbable run to the final?