Former world number one Venus Williams turned back the clock with some brutal hitting to overcome Canada's Eugenie Bouchard 6-3, 6-7, 6-3 Thursday and reach the semi-finals of the Pan Pacific Open.
The 33-year-old American, who won the last of her seven grand slam singles titles in 2008, recovered from a poor second set tiebreak with a series of electrifying shots and acrobatic volleys in the decider, completing victory with another ferocious forehand cross-court after a shade over three hours.
"It's hard to believe it's my first semi-final in Tokyo after all these years," said Williams, currently languishing at 63rd in the world after being diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder in 2011.
Williams will face the 2011 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the last four after the seventh-seeded Czech thrashed Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4, 6-1.
Paes, Somdev enter semis in doubles
New Delhi: Leander Paes and his Italian partner Daniele Bracciali stormed into the semifinals of the Thailand Open in Bangkok after defeating Colombian pair of Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 6-7(4) 7-6(8) 10-8 in a three-set thriller.
Meanwhile, in the Malaysia Open in Kuala Lumpur, Somdev Devvarman and his South African partner Rik De Voest scored an upset win over second seeds Nenan Zimonjic of Serbia and Julien Benneteau of Switzerland 3-6 6-4 10-7 in the quarterfinals.
Agassi calls Federer 'class above' Sampras
Washington: Tennis great Andre Agassi has said that seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer is ' a class above' Pete Sampras and that Rafael Nadal could eventually be better than the Swiss. Agassi expressed that he thought Federer had dominated every surface, except one guy on clay, adding that he had won everything.