Melbourne: Rising American teenager Madison Keys struck a blow for generation next when she defeated childhood idol Venus Williams yesterday to make the Australian Open semi-finals.
The unseeded 19-year-old overcame an injury scare to down the 18th seed in a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 rollercoaster to set up a final four clash with the rampant top seed Serena Williams, out to avenge her sister's loss.
"The moment's definitely sweeter being able to play Venus," Keys said after defeating the 34-year-old seven-time Grand Slam winner she grew up watching.
However, Keys feared the win would never happen when a thigh injury that ended her Wimbledon campaign last year flared up in the second set, forcing a lengthy medical time out. "It was kind of an overwhelming moment. It was kind of scary," the World No 35 said.
"Luckily I was able to catch it before I did any real damage. Luckily the painkillers and adrenaline in the end kind of helped me get through it."
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