Venus Williams continued her fairytale progress at the Australian Open, reaching her first Grand Slam quarter-final in five years with a three-set win over Agnieszka Radwanska.
The 34-year-old prevailed 6-3 2-6 6-1 and will face fellow American Madison Keys in the last eight – if she wins that match, she could meet sister Serena Williams in the semi-finals. Venus, a six-times Grand Slam winner, has never gone further than the semi-finals in Melbourne.
In recent years age and illness have slowed her down, and she had not reached the last eight of a Grand Slam competition since the 2010 Australian Open. She said of the 19-year-old Keys in her post-match interview: “She started watching me when she was in diapers. She’s a wonderful player but of course I’ll want to win.”