Venus oldest woman to reach Aussie semis

(AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Venus Williams has become the oldest woman to reach the Australian Open semifinals in the Open era, returning to the last four at Melbourne Park for the first time in 14 years.

The 36-year-old Williams beat No. 24-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4, 7-6 (3) on Tuesday, winning the last six points in the tiebreaker to seal her 50th career win at Melbourne Park.

She is into semifinals for the second time in three majors - after a six-year absence from the last four - and for the 21st time overall.

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