Australian Open

Teenager Keys outshines Venus

2015-01-28 10:39
Madison Keys (AFP)

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Melbourne - American teenager Madison Keys defeated her childhood idol Venus Williams to make the Australian Open semi-finals on Wednesday and end the seven-time Grand Slam champion's stirring run at Melbourne Park.

The unseeded Keys, 19, beat her 18th seeded compatriot 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, overcoming a thigh injury to set up a final four clash with top seed Serena Williams.

Keys said she had to beat nerves facing the 34-year-old Williams, who started her Grand Slam career when the teen was two years old, in her first quarter-final at a major.

"The moment's definitely sweeter being able to play Venus," the world number 35 said after a rollercoaster three setter.

"It's amazing, obviously I was very nervous coming out but I had to embrace the moment and I did and I get to enjoy another moment in the next round."

Keys, who is coached by former Australian Open champion Lindsay Davenport, had a lengthy time out in the second set and said she feared the return of an injury that ended her Wimbledon campaign last year.

"It wasn't as bad as Wimbledon but it was that nightmare of 'I don't want this to happen again' so it was a little overwhelming," she said.

Keys took a tight first set but was trailing 4-1 in the second when she had the lengthy medical timeout, with Williams going on to take the set.

The third was a see-sawing affair featuring four breaks of serve, with Keys finally winning in one hour 55 minutes when Williams netted a return on match point.

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