Venus Williams Becomes the Oldest Women to Reach the Australian Open Semifinals!
Venus Williams has time and again proved that age is just the number. This time around, Venus Williams has edged Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in a tense encounter to become the oldest women’s grand slam semi-finalist in 23 years.
Queen V ??@Venuseswilliams is one step closer to that elusive #AusOpen title, def. #Pavlyuchenkova 6-4 7-6(3), advancing to the SF. pic.twitter.com/ymUrDdDjOX — #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 24, 2017
Venus Williams has reached her best in Australian Open recently as she prepares for her first Australian Open semi-finals after 14 years, matching the most recent Wimbledon result that was her best at a grand slam since 2009. At 36 years, the oldest woman left in the tournament is the oldest ever to advance this far which is itself a record.
Currently standing in her way is Coco Vandeweghe, who earlier today beat Spain’s Garbine Muguruza 6-4, 6-0 to book a date in the court with Williams in what will be an all-American last-four encounter.
#Venus: "Standing here with an opportunity to go even further it’s like “oh my god” I’m so excited I have another opportunity to play again" pic.twitter.com/rpEpBCgoD1 — #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 24, 2017
In her post-match interview, she expressed,
"What a wonderful result. It’s a great win for the U.S. To have that thought that there's going to be at least one U.S. player in the final is great for American tennis.
Moreover, she added:
"I'm sure she's going to want to be in her first final. I'm going to want to be in only my second final here. So it's going to be a well-contested match."
Swinging for the fences has been one of the strengths of Williams. Venus kept the pressure on the No. 24-seeded Pavlyuchenkova, who was a two-time junior Australian Open champion on a constant basis. Her opponent Anastasia created difficulties for herself, serving nine double faults which merely gifted points to Venus and two of them were that in the critical second-set tiebreaker.
Venus is the oldest player to make a grand slam semi-final since legendary player Martina Navratilova at Wimbledon in 1994. Venus has all in all won 50 matches in her career and would be a licking contest between Venus Williams and Coco Vandeweghe.