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Williams advances to semis at Pan Pacific Open

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Williams advances to semis at Pan Pacific Open
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Venus Williams of the United States reacts after defeating Eugenie Bouchard of Canada during their quarterfinal match of the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament in Tokyo, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013. Williams won 6-3, 6-7, 6-3. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

TOKYO (AP) -- Venus Williams beat Eugenie Bouchard of Canada 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3 on Thursday to advance to the semifinals of the Pan Pacific Open.

Williams, playing in the Tokyo tournament for the first time since 2009, 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 3 hours, 2 minutes at Ariake Colosseum.

Williams will face either Svetlana Kuznetsova or Petra Kvitova in the semis.

Kvitova of the Czech Republic defeated Madison Keys of the United States, 6-2, 6-2 while Kuznetsova of Russia beat Sorana Cirstea Romania, 7-6 (3), 6-1.

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