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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 24: Venus Williams of the United States celebrates winning her quarterfinal match against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia on day nine of the 2017 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 24, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Venus Williams Secures Semifinal Berth in Melbourne

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- The oldest woman in the singles draw at the Australian Open is through to the semifinals: 36-year-old Venus Williams beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4, 7-6 (3) at Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday.

She is the oldest woman to advance this far at the Australian Open during the Open era.

Williams was behind a service break in the opening set but broke the Russian's serve twice in three games, including when Pavlyuchenkova was serving to stay in the set. Williams had three set points and clinched the set on a backhand service return.

Pavlyuchenkova double-faulted twice during the tiebreaker - including on match point - among nine during the match as Williams won six consecutive points after trailing 3-1.

Williams will play the winner of Tuesday's later match between American CoCo Vandeweghe and French Open champion Garbine Muguruza.

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