Posted October 18, 2012 on AP on Fox
Venus Williams reached her first final in almost 2 1/2 years at the Luxembourg Open after beating Andrea Petkovic of Germany 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday. Williams, hampered for two seasons by injuries and an autoimmune disease, will play Monica Niculescu of Romania in Sunday's final. While Niculescu has yet to win her first WTA title at 25, Williams has won 43 singles titles overall, including seven at Grand Slams. Her last was in February 2010 in Acapulco. In a seesaw semifinal, Petkovic, ranked 182nd, kept up with Williams until 4-4 in the final set. Then she dropped her serve again and Williams, ranked 41st, closed out the marathon match in 2 hours, 38 minutes. Niculescu, ranked 70th, reached her second straight Luxembourg Open final by beating Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia, 6-1, 6-3.

Venus Williams Rallies to Advance to First Final of the Year

      Venus Williams is in a final for the first time in almost two-and-a-half years. Williams rallied to defeat Andrea Petkovic of Germany 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday in Luxembourg. She’ll face Monica Niculescu of Romania in the final on Sunday. The Romanian stopped Daniela Hantuchova 6-1, 6-3. Williams’ last tournament win came in February 2012 in Acapulco.   BGL BNP PARIBAS...

Venus advances to Luxembourg semis

Venus Williams beat top-seeded Roberta Vinci of Italy 7-6 (2), 6-4 on Friday to reach the semifinals of the Luxembourg Open. Playing in her first tournament since the U.S. Open, Williams will face Andrea Petkovic of Germany, who defeated Ksenia Pervak of Kazakhstan, 6-3, 6-2. Williams had struggled with a back problem at the U.S. Open. In the bottom half of the draw, Daniela Hantuchova...

Venus Williams Moves Into Luxembourg Semis

BGL BNP PARIBAS LUXEMBOURG OPEN Luxembourg, Luxembourg October 15-21, 2012 $220,000/International Hard/Indoors Results – Friday, October 19, 2012 Singles – Quarterfinals Venus Williams (USA) d. (1) Roberta Vinci (ITA) 76(2) 64 Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. Lourdes Domínguez Lino (ESP) 75 60 Monica Niculescu (ROU) d. Lucie Hradecka (CZE) 60 64 Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. Ksenia Pervak...
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