MELBOURNE — Venus Williams became the oldest Australian Open semifinalist in Open Era history when she captured the 50th Australian Open main draw victory of her career with a 6-4, 7-6 (3) quarterfinal win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova on Tuesday. When the 24th-seeded Pavlyuchenkova double-faulted the final point of the second set tiebreaker she delivered Williams into the Australian Open semifinals for the first time in 14 years. The 36-year-old Williams couldn’t contain her happiness, and didn’t try. Williams’ smile stretched from ear-to-ear as she blew a kiss into the air after the 1 hour, 48 minute match. She did her trademark twirl around on the court, and then made like she was hugging
There isn't always room for niceties in the world of professional sport, but French tennis player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has bucked the trend. You might remember him helping out a ball girl who was in tears after being struck by a ball at last year's Australian Open, stopping the match to accompany her off the court. SEE ALSO: Tennis pros: Don't hit ball kids 'cos your hopes and dreams will be dashed Here's a video of the moment to help jog your memory. Well, twelve months on, the ball girl -- real name Giuliana -- penned a thank you card to the Frenchman, which he shared on Facebook while back in Melbourne for the tennis tournament. "Dear Mr Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, I wanted to take the opportunity to
Andy Roddick won the U.S. Open, reached the final of Wimbledon three times and was a fixture in the top 10 for much of his career. Roddick may not have collected as many Grand Slam trophies as Federer or other players of his generation, but he takes pride in the fact he reached No. 1 and his longevity at the top of the game. Roddick came up just short at Wimbledon three times, losing to Federer in the finals in 2004, '05 and '09.