KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Venus Williams is through to the semifinals of the Miami Open for the first time since 2010 with a straight sets win over No. 1 seed Angelique Kerber on Wednesday.
The 36-year-old was in control throughout the whole match, dictating play with her aggressive groundstrokes. She took the match 7-5, 6-3.
"It was an interesting match," reflected Williams. "I was controlling it. I had more errors than I like and lower first serve percentage than I would like. For me, I'm looking at it from a standpoint of how can I get better.
"I have to play well against the No. 1 in the world. She's on top of her game and she played well, so I had to find a way to play a little better," said Williams.
Kerber, who had a Grand Slam breakthrough in 2016 where she won the Australian and U.S. Opens and notched the year-end No. 1 ranking, is having trouble matching those results so far. She lost in the quarterfinals of the Brisbane Open in the beginning of the year, lost in her opening match at the Apia International in Sydney, was not able to defend her Australian Open title as she lost in the fourth round to eventual semifinalist Coco Vandeweghe, lost in the second round of the Qatar Open, semifinals of Dubai Tennis Championships, and in the fourth round of BNP Paribas Open.
In contrast, Williams is having a resurgence with a trip to the Australian Open finals where she lost to younger sister Serena and a quarterfinal run in Indian Wells.
The American, who won the tournament way back in 1998, 1991, and 2001 next faces Johanna Konta, who defeated No. 3 seed Simona Halep earlier on Wednesday.
"Yeah, she played well, served well." said Williams when asked about her last match against Konta. "Tomorrow is an opportunity for me to come out and play hopefully better than today. There are a few things I would like to work on. Outside of that, just come out fresh eyes, fresh feet, and big shots. That's my plan.
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