Venus Williams back to her best, books semi-final spot at Pan Pacific Open

Watched from the royal box by five-times Pan Pacific champion Martina Hingis, Williams showed flashes of the form that swept her to five Wimbledon titles between 2000 and 2008 as she continued her purple patch in Tokyo. She won her last singles title -- her 44th -- at last October's Luxembourg Open.

updated: September 26, 2013 23:07 IST
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Tokyo: Former world number one Venus Williams turned back the clock with some brutal hitting to overcome Canada's Eugenie Bouchard 6-3, 6-7, 6-3 Thursday and reach the semi-finals of the Pan Pacific Open.

The 33-year-old American, who won the last of her seven grand slam singles titles in 2008, recovered from a poor second set tiebreak with a series of electrifying shots and acrobatic volleys in the decider, completing victory with another ferocious forehand cross-court after a shade over three hours.

"It's hard to believe it's my first semi-final in Tokyo after all these years," said Williams, currently languishing at 63rd in the world after being diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder in 2011.

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