Venus Williams fought back from a slow start against Latvian world number 103 Anastasija Sevastova to reach the Taiwan Open semifinals 7-5, 6-2 in Taipei on Friday.
The seven-time Grand Slam-winner was struggling at 2-5 down in the first set, but she then won five straight games and fended off two set points before accelerating to victory.
Top seed Williams, 35, will play Yulia Putintseva in her first semifinal of 2016 after the Kazakh third seed went through courtesy of a retirement by Switzerland’s Stefanie Voegele.
“I didn’t think about the set points, I just tried to not lose the set,” said Williams, the world number 12, according to the WTA website. Read more