26 Jan 2015

Venus Williams through to Australian Open quarter-finals; ...her first Grand Slam quarter-final since 2010

Venus Williams overcame sixth seed Agnieszka Radwanska at the Australian Open to reach her first Grand Slam quarter-final since 2010.

The 34-year-old American, who suffers from Sjogren's syndrome, a disease that can cause fatigue, won 6-3 2-6 6-1.

The seven-time Grand Slam champion will face teenager and fellow American Madison Keys in the last eight.

Venus will face younger sister Serena in the semi-finals if they both win their last-eight matches.

Top seed Serena dug deep for a 2-6 6-3 6-2 win over Garbine Muguruza and faces Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova for a place in the last four.

Serena, who has not advanced past the quarter-finals at Melbourne Park since winning her last Australian Open title in 2010, had trouble breathing at times and coughed throughout her match against Muguruza.

She also struggled for form early on, but fought back to avenge her defeat to the Spaniard at last year's French Open.
"I had to play the best match of the tournament or else I was going to be out," said Serena. "She was just hitting winners like left and right. Every shot I hit, she basically hit a winner on. So I had to change my approach."
Venus was pushed hard, too, losing the second set as her level dropped before regrouping and upping the power to clinch the decider.
Asked what had inspired her successful run in Melbourne, Venus said: "Definitely my sister Serena, she's just the ultimate champion.

"And definitely a lot of inspiration from all my fans who have stayed behind me through thick and thin."
Venus, whose best performance at the Australian Open is a runner-up finish in 2003, last reached the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam at the US Open in 2010.

Credit: BBC Sport




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