Venus Williams scripted history by becoming the oldest Grand Slam semifinalist in 23 years. She clinched up the place from Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4 7-6(3) on Tuesday. This is Venus’ first semifinal at the Australian Open in 14 years.
Venus and the 24th-ranked Russian were battling the quarter-final, held at Rod Laver Arena. Venus is still in her late-career revival and tapped her experience when the pressure went up. Anastasia couldn’t survive a double-fault on match point and so started giving up the game for the American.
Both Venus and Anastasia started off with each dropping serve twice. But with resilience, and knowing how critical this was for her, Venus defeated The Russian to edge ahead in a straight match.
“Oh my gosh I’m so excited,” Venus shouted after winning the match that lasted for one hour and 48 minutes. “I want to go further. I’m not happy just with this. I’m just so excited that I have another opportunity to play again,” a determined Williams added.
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