Venus Williams beats top-ranked Angelique Kerber en route to Miami Open semis


Published 5:15 p.m. ET March 29, 2017 | Updated 7 minutes ago


19-year-old German star defeats top-seeded Stan Wawrinka to advance to the men’s quarterfinals at the Miami Open. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Jack Sock also claim spots in the men’s quarters in Key Biscayne.


KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Venus Williams moved a step closer to her first Key Biscayne title since 2001 when she beat top-ranked Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3 Wednesday night in the quarterfinals of the Miami Open.

It was Williams’ 15th career win against a No. 1 player, but her first since 2014. Seeded No. 11, she’s into the tournament’s semifinals for the first time in seven years.

Williams’ opponent Thursday night will be No. 10-seeded Johanna Konta, who became the first British woman to reach a semifinal in the tournament by beating No. 3 Simona Halep 3-6, 7-6 (7), 6-2. No. 2 Karolina Pliskova will play No. 12 Caroline Wozniacki in the other semifinal.

Williams took charge of her quarterfinal match when Kerber…

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