Australian Open 2017: Vintage Venus Powers Into Semi-Finals

By | January 24, 2017

A vintage Venus Williams powered Australian Open 2017 Live past Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and into her third Australian Open semi-final on Tuesday, becoming the oldest woman to make a Grand Slam last four in 23 years.The 36-year-old overcame the Russian 6-4, 7-6 (7/3) and will play fellow American Coco Vandeweghe for a place in the final.Her achievement makes her the oldest woman to reach a Grand Slam semi since a 37-year-old Martina Navratilova at Wimbledon in 1994.

Australian Open 2017: Vintage Venus Powers Into Semi-Finals

She made the same round at Wimbledon last year but had not got this far at Melbourne Park since 2003, when she beat Justine Henin only to lose to sister Serena in the final.Henin is long retired but Serena is still going strong and plays her quarter-final, against Johanna Konta, on Wednesday, with an all-Williams title match still on the cards.Venus Williams also made the last four at Melbourne in 2001, losing to then world number one Martina Hingis, another veteran who is playing in doubles at this year’s Australian Open.

“I’m so excited, she never let up. We have always had these quality matches. I’m not happy just with this but so happy I can go further,” she said.But Pavlyuchenkova, seeded 24, was a different matter, having beaten Elina Svitolina, seeded 11, and Svetlana Kuznetsova, the eighth seed, on her way to the quarter-finals.Competing at Grand Slams for a decade without managing to step beyond the last eight, the Russian had been confident she could take the next step.

Two netted forehands gave her a break point on Williams’ opening serve as the match got underway, but she couldn’t convert and it went with serve.But 13th seed Williams Australian Open 2017 Live Stream gave her another chance in game three and this time she grabbed it with an untouchable crosscourt backhand.It was short-lived as Williams struggled to find the mark on first serve and Pavlyuchenkova jumped on the second, with a netted forehand from the veteran again giving a break away.Neither player was serving well but Williams began to assert herself, pushing Pavlyuchenkova around the court to create opportunities.

She broke back for 4-4 with a volley after a high lunging forehand from the Russian.Williams was starting to get in the zone, hitting some amazing winners, including an unstoppable backhand down the line to secure the set by breaking again to love.The American held serve in the opening game of the second set to immediately put the pressure on and kept hammering away in an 11-minute second game, which Pavyluchenkova finally won after eight deuces.

A wild backhand in the next game handed momentum to the Russian, who broke for a 2-1 lead, but after a seesawing Williams broke straight back.Rampant Coco Vandeweghe stunned French Open champion Garbine Muguruza in a blitz of big hitting to steam into her first Australian Open semi-final on Tuesday, where she will meet fellow American Venus Williams.The unseeded power-server upset the seventh-seeded Spaniard 6-4, 6-0 at the Rod Laver Arena in a dominant display to secure her first ever berth in a Grand Slam last four.

She now faces Venus Williams for a place in Saturday’s final after the 36-year-old veteran battled past Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in two sets.I really wasn’t feeling great out Australian Open Tennis Live Stream there. I was nervous… I was second-guessing myself,” the 25-year-old said.”But I kept the pressure on and she finally cracked. Once I got rolling in the second set it was like a freight train, you couldn’t stop it.”It is her best performance at a major, bettering her quarter-final appearance at Wimbledon in 2015, which was her only run to the last eight at a Slam until now.She has a booming serve and phenomenal groundstrokes, with a game suited to the fast and hard courts of the Australian Open.

She created two break point opportunities on the Spaniard’s opening serve, but an aggressive smash and a forehand winner saved Muguruza who held to go 1-0 up.It went with serve until a titanic seventh game that lasted 11 minutes, with the American coming out on top on her fifth break point when Muguruza sent down a double fault.A determined Muguruza saved a set point when 3-5 down but it was staving off the inevitable as Vandeweghe thundered crisp winner after winner.Muguruza, with her right thigh strapped, was stunned at falling behind and was unable to hit back, getting broken in the first game of the second set.

Known as being fiercely competitive, Vandeweghe also has a reputation for being hot-tempered.She threw a temper tantrum in her second-round clash against Pauline Parmentier, slamming her racquet into the ground three times when she gave away a break point.It was the second time in as many weeks that her frustrations had boiled over, pulling a similar stunt at this month’s Sydney International.But she largely kept her emotions in check against Muguruza, staying cool under pressure.

“I’m a work in progress. I’m not perfect,” she said, adding that playing Williams would be “an Australian Open 2017 Live honour”.Vandeweghe comes from a sporting family. Her mother Tauna was an Olympic swimmer and volleyballer, her grandfather Ernie played for the New York Knicks and her uncle Kiki is general manager of the Denver Nuggets. [Source]