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Venus Williams into Tokyo semis

Updated: September 26, 2013, 9:39 AM ET
Associated Press

TOKYO -- Venus Williams beat Canadian teenager Eugenie Bouchard 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3 on Thursday to advance to the Pan Pacific Open semifinals for the first time.

Williams, whose previous best in Tokyo was the quarterfinals in 2004, broke Bouchard with a forehand down the line to go up 5-2 in the third set and held on to win the match that lasted three hours at Ariake Colosseum.

"She played so well," Williams said. "She's going to be a great player -- she's already a great ...

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