Venus Williams has become the oldest WTA player ever defeat a world No. 1 as she knocked out Angelique Kerber to advance into the Miami Open semi-finals.
The No.11-seed 36-year-old American held nerves of steel as she delivered consistent groundstrokes to beat Kerber in straight sets 7-5, 6-3 Wednesday night in the Miami Open quarterfinals.
Venus after the blockbuster Finals at Australian Open, which she lost younger sister Serena Williams is coming off a loss to Elena Vesnina in Indian Wells Finish Quarterfinals.
While Serena, who is an eight-time champion at Key Biscayne missed out the tournament due to a knee injury but their father and coach, 75-year-Richard is attending the event for the first time in nearly a year after going through health issues.
He watched her older daughter’s quarterfinal in the photo pit along the baseline while taking a dig at popcorns.
Speaking to the fans, Venus said ‘My dad is one of the loves of my life and the reason I’m here in this game’.
Further, she added that his father has always loved popcorn. They always ate popcorn together when she was a child and that’s a great childhood memory.
Venus and her dad have been coming together to Key Biscayne for 20 years now and said she could hear her father on the sidelines.
She said that’He really wanted it for me, so it’s a happy moment when you come off the court. Even if I lose, he’s still very happy. But to see the happiness and the pride and the excitement, I could win the match just for that moment.’
Venus regards the tournament her hometown event. Moreover, she lives just 90 minutes north in Palm Beach Gardens.
Williams, who has won the Miami Open title in 1998, 1999 and 2001 will face No. 10 seed Johanna Konta Thursday night, who became the first British woman to reach a semifinal at Key Biscayne by knocking out No. 3 Simona Halep 3-6, 7-6 (7), 6-2.
In the Head-To-Head clashes between the two, Konta edges out 2-1 over Venus.