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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 of Slovakia beat Lourdes Dominguez Lino of Spain, 7-5, 6-0 to set up a semifinal against Monica Niculescu of Romania, who defeated Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic, 6-0, 6-4.
BEST OF MAXIM
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.
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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...
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October 15-21, 2012
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...
Top-seeded Roberta Vinci of Italy reached the quarterfinals of the Luxembourg Open on Thursday by defeating Anne Keothavong of Britain 6-4, 6-1.
Also, Andrea Petkovic, ranked 182nd after time off for an injury, defeated third-seeded Jelena Jankovic 7-5, 6-0. Daniela Hantuchova topped Kirsten Flipkens 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.
Flipkens had won 24 of her previous 26 matches to give her a career...
Top-seeded Roberta Vinci of Italy reached the quarterfinals of the Luxembourg Open on Thursday by beating Anne Keothavong of Britain 6-4, 6-1.
Also, Andrea Petkovic of Germany, ranked 182nd in the world, defeated third-seeded and former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic of Serbia 7-5, 6-0, while Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia defeated Kirsten Flipkens 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.
Flipkens had won 24 of...