Venus Williams whacked a winner on her fifth match point, then spun and threw a celebratory fist toward her father, who watched from the front row while munching popcorn. The taste of victory never gets old.
Williams and her dad have been coming together to Key Biscayne for 20 years, and she moved a step closer to her first title in the event since 2001 by beating top-ranked Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3 on Wednesday night in the Miami Open quarterfinals.
It was Williams’ 15th career win against a No. 1 player, but her first since 2014.
The tournament was once known as the Williams Open because of the way Venus and sister Serena dominated. Now Venus, seeded 11th and 36 years old, is in the semifinals for the first time in seven years.