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Venus advances to semis at Pan Pacific Open
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Eugenie Bouchard of Canada returns a shot against Venus Williams of the U.S. during their quarterfinal match of the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament in Tokyo, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
September 26, 2013, 9:30 am

TOKYO -- Venus Williams beat Canadian teenager Eugenie Bouchard 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3 on Thursday to advance to the Pan Pacific Open semifinals for the first time.

Williams, whose previous best in Tokyo was the quarterfinals in 2004, broke Bouchard with a forehand down the line to go up 5-2 in the third set and held on to win the match that lasted three hours at Ariake Colosseum.

"She played so well," Williams said. "She's going to be a great player - she's already a great player - and it was just a fight to the end."

Williams will face Petra Kvitova in the semifinals. The seventh-seeded Czech beat Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4, 6-1.

Also, fourth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki beat Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 to set up a semifinal with fifth-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany, who ousted second-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 6-4, 6-4. Wozniacki and Kerber are 3-3 in head-to-head matches. Wozniacki won their semifinal match at Indian Wells in March.

The 19-year-old Bouchard put Williams on notice when she built a 3-1 lead in the quarterfinals. Williams fought back to break her three times in their first meeting.

In the second set, Bouchard capitalized on her second set point, winning the tiebreak 7-4.

"I was just fighting until the end," Williams said. "It was disappointing to lose the second set, but to win the third set is the goal, so I'm happy."

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