QUEBEC CITY — Venus Williams, the favourite to win the Coupe Banque Nationale in Quebec City, reached the semifinals with a 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (3) win against Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic Friday night.
Williams, ranked 19th in the world, took two hours and 10 minutes to defeat the 181st-ranked player.
Hradecka is a doubles specialist with 17 WTA doubles titles but no singles.
The American credits her win to her defensive game, saying it helped her win the final points to end the match.
Williams, 34, reached the final of the Rogers Cup in August in her first tournament in Montreal and first visit to Quebec.
She says she is enjoying her experience.
In the other semifinal, Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia…
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