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Venus Williams upsets top-ranked Angelique Kerber to advance at Miami Open

Venus Williams upsets top-ranked Angelique Kerber to advance at Miami Open

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...

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