Venus Williams Makes History

Venus Williams may be old in tennis terms, but she is proving once again that quality precedes age. The 36-year-old beat Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4 7-6 (7-3) on Tuesday, to become the oldest women’s semifinalist at the Australian Open in the Open Era.

Venus succeeded in beating her younger sister Serena’s record, who was 34 last year in reaching the last four at Melbourne Park. And with Serena still in contention — the 22-time grand slam winner meets Britain’s Johanna Konta in her quarterfinal Wednesday — a first all-Williams grand slam final since 2009 at Wimbledon is moving ever closer.


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