Venus Williams into Indian Wells semis for first time since 2001

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American Venus Williams (Getty Pictures)

Venus Williams reached the Indian Wells Masters semifinals for the first time in 17 years with a straight-units win over Carla Suarez Navarro Thursday.

Williams, the eighth seed on the WTA Premier occasion, cruised previous Suarez Navarro 6-three, 6-2 of their quarterfinal conflict.

The seven-time grand slam champion reached the final 4 at Indian Wells for the first time since 2001, when her withdrawal from a gathering with Serena noticed the sisters booed, resulting in neither getting into the event once more till 2015.

Venus has been in wonderful type on the occasion this yr, not dropping a set on her option to the final 4, the place Daria Kasatkina awaits.

The 37-yr-previous by no means seemed troubled towards Suarez Navarro, who transformed simply one among seven break factors.

Venus – who combined sixteen winners with 23 unforced errors – made probably the most of her possibilities, capitalizing on 4 of 5 break factors on her method to victory in a single hour and eleven minutes.