Venus Reaches Australian Open Last Eight

Venus Williams defeated Agnieszka Radwanska to reach her first Grand Slam quarter-finals in a little over four years.

The 18th seed American fired a morale-boosting 43 winners to 36 unforced errors to beat Radwanska, who managed 23 winners to 19 unforced, 6-3 2-6 6-1.

It is the first time since Wimbledon 2010 that both Williams sisters will be in the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam after her younger sibling, Serena, doused Garbine Muguruza’s flame earlier on Monday. Venus last reached the last eight of a Major at Flushing Meadows in 2010, when she actually reached the semi-finals (falling to eventual champion Kim Klijster).

Venus Williams Reached a Grand Slam Quarter-Finals for the First Time Since 2010 at the 2015 Australian Open. Image: Tennis Australia.
Venus Williams Reached a Grand Slam Quarter-Finals for the First Time Since 2010 at the 2015 Australian Open. Image: Tennis Australia.

“Definitely my sister Serena,” Venus replied when asked about her inspiration to keep plugging away all these years. “She is just the ultimate champion. She definitely gives me a lot of inspiration. And of course all of my fans, who’ve always stayed behind me.”

The 34-year-old, in her own words “still has a few tricks” up her sleeves. The seven-time Grand Slam champion was at her aggressive best sight from the onset, needing just 51 minutes to take the first set.

In a match typical for its shift in momentum, it was Radwanska’s in the second set as the Pole reeled off five consecutive games to go 5-1 up before clinching it 6-2 with just four unforced errors to her disadvantage.

The World No. 6 broke in the first game of the decider but was soon up against a vintage Venus, who reeled off six games in a row to claim her quarter-finals spot.

“The first set wasn’t easy- it was 6-3, but it was about a hour,” Williams said after the win. “In the second set she started playing even better. I think I was a little bit impatient out there.

“The third set I just went into a little bit of a trance- I just wanted to win so badly.”

The former world number one now sets up an all-American last eight tie with Madison Keys.

No. 35-ranked Keys topped Monday’s battle of the Madisons 6-2 6-4 against her lower ranked compatriot Madison Brengle, firing six aces and 38 winners in a match that lasted exactly an hour to reach her first Majors quarter-finals.

19-Year-Old American Madison Keys Reaches Her First Grand Slam Quarter-Final in Melbourne. Image: Tennis Australia.
19-Year-Old American Madison Keys Reaches Her First Grand Slam Quarter-Final in Melbourne. Image: Tennis Australia.

Keys has lost once against Venus but having already ousted Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in Saturday’s third-round victory, the 19-year-old will be looking to build on her newfound momentum.

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