The 34-year-old, seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams has beaten sixth seed Agnieszka Radwanska at the Australian Open and made it to the quarter finals. Venus, who had been diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome in 2011, a disease that can cause fatigue, finished powerfully with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-1.
Venus managed to outdo Radwanska of Poland and is preparing for a last eight with unseeded fellow citizen Madison Keys. If she wins the match against Keys, she will be facing against her sister Serena in the Australian Open quarter finals.
This victory takes her 2015 record to 9-0, which includes the Auckland Classic win. With the zeal to win and a zest to overcome hitches, Venus is all set to make it despite the hindrances related to her past injuries and health-issues.
Venus looked like an albatross while her arms flung for the ball as she glided across the court to blow back triumphantly. She clocked up 36 unforced errors but hung on as Radwanska stuck to drawn out rallies. Her movement was quite vigorous in the first set and got a break of 12 minutes, wrapping it up in less than an hour’s time. Radwanska fought back in the second set where she took advantage from Venus’ mistakes. But after exchanging breaks, Venus somehow came up with an all-new spirit to bring back momentum and finally win the game. Venus brought three break-up points, but she just needed one because she blasted her sixth ace of the match.
Keys, with whom she is set for a match, is only 19 years old, which makes her 15 years younger than Venus. Keys won her first Grand Slam title when she was just five. Keys looks up to Venus as her hero, and she is really excited to face her in her next match..
If Venus manages to win against Keys, she will go on to compete in the 20th Grand Slam singles semifinals, likely against her sister Serena. Their last face off was in Grand Slam 2009, where Serena triumphed the Wimbledon final.
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