Venus Williams beats top-ranked Angelique Kerber to reach Miami Open semis

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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.

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.

She took charge against Kerber when the German double-faulted on the final two points of the opening set, and she broke serve twice more early in the second set to pull away.

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