Keys overpowers her ‘Idol’ Venus


MELBOURNE: American teenager Madison Keys defeated her childhood idol Venus Williams to make the Australian Open semifinals on Wednesday and end the seven-time Grand Slam champion’s stirring run at Melbourne Park.

The unseeded Keys, 19, beat her 18th seeded compatriot 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, overcoming a thigh injury to set up a final four clash with either top seed Serena Williams or last year’s finalist Dominika Cibulkova.

Keys said she had to beat nerves facing the 34-year-old Williams, who started her Grand Slam career when the teen was two years old, in her first quarterfinal at a major.