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Posted on: Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Tennis: Venus Williams advances to Key Biscayne semifinals


Associated Press

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. Venus Williams has advanced to the semifinals of the Sony Ericsson Open by beating Agnieszka Radwanska 6-3, 6-1.

The No. 3-seeded Williams hit eight aces and lost only five points on her first serve Tuesday. She broke five times, including in the pivotal eighth game, when Radwanska had consecutive double-faults and then hit a fluttery 62-mph second serve that Williams pounced on to whack a winner.

Williams struggled with her backhand but won 15 of 19 points at the net.

The oldest women's quarterfinalist at 29, Williams extended her winning streak to 14 matches. Two more victories would give her three consecutive tournament titles for the first time since 2002.

Williams won Key Biscayne in 1998, 1999 and 2001.