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Venus Williams hits Indian wells semifinals

INDIAN WELLS, CA – MARCH 15: Venus Williams of the United States hits a backhand in a quarterfinal win over Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain during the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 15, 2018 in Indian Wells, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFP


Venus Williams registered a straight-set win over Carla Suarez Navarro to reach the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open in California.The seven-time Grand Slam champion won 6-3 6-2 in just 71 minutes.

Williams, ranked eighth in the world, hit five aces as she beat the Spaniard for the fourth consecutive time.The American will play Daria Kasatkina next after the Russian, ranked 19th in the world, thrashed former world number one Angelique Kerber 6-0 6-2.

Kerber, now 10th in the world, could not create a break point opportunity as Kasatkina won in 58 minutes.The Russian dominated with her serve, winning 22 of 32 points with her first serve and hitting three aces past the two-time Grand Slam champion.Kasatkina has already beaten US Open champion Sloane Stephens and world number two Caroline Wozniacki at the event.

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