Tennis - Venus Williams and Ana Ivanovic advance to Auckland semis



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Tennis - Venus Williams and Ana Ivanovic advance to Auckland semis

Tennis - Two former world no. 1s are through to the semi finals of the ASB Classic in Auckland and are now one win away from a finals showdown. Second seeded Ana Ivanovic defeated Japan's Kurumi Nara 62 63 and next meets Wimbledon semi-finalist Kirsten Flipkens, who beat another Japanese player - qualifier Sachie Ishizu 64 75.

Flipkens leads their head to head 1-0. The two are also playing doubles together this week. Meanwhile, seven time grand slam champion Venus Willams defeated Spain's Garbiñe Muguruza, 63 63 to advance to the last four and meets fellow American Jamie Hampton, who beat another American Lauren Davis, 62 46 64.