WTA Pan Pacific Open: Venus Williams battles past Eugenie Bouchard
Last Updated: 26/09/13 11:28am
Venus Williams: Needed three hours on court to see off Bouchard
Venus Williams continued her form revival with a battling three-set victory over Canadian prospect Eugenie Bouchard in Tokyo.
At 46 in the rankings Bouchard went into the quarter-final clash 17 places above her opponent, who continues to fight an auto-immune disease.
However, it was the American who finished the stronger in a match that lasted just over three hours after Bouchard had extended matters by levelling via a second set tie-break.
But Williams, who was backing up her shock defeat of top seed Victoria Azarenka, raced into a 5-2 lead in the decider before closing out the match 6-3 6-7 6-3.
"It's hard to believe it's my first semi-final in Tokyo after all these years," said Williams. "Hopefully I can win it in a little less time. That's the goal."
She will take on either Svetlana Kuznetsova or Petra Kvitova in the last four after both won their third round matches on Thursday in straight sets.
Two-time Grand Slam champion Kuznetsova, now ranked 27th in the world, saw off 15th seed Sorana Cirstea Romania 7-6 6-1.
Meanwhile Kvitova, seeded seventh, cruised past Madison Keys of the United States 6-2 6-2.
There was also a win for Caroline Wozniacki. The Dane came from a set down to beat Lucie Sarafova 2-6 6-3 6-2.