Venus Williams knocked out of Miami Open

Collins Venus Miami Open

Collins Venus Miami Open

Stephens will face both French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, the sixth seed, or Western qualifier Danielle Collins at Saturday's final in Crandon Park.

Collins swiftly defeated No.8 seed and three-time champion Williams 6-2, 6-3 in just 87 minutes and she said it's unbelievable to beat her idol.

But she finally met her match in Latvian powerhouse Ostapenko, who notched wins over No.9 seed Petra Kvitova and No.4 Elina Svitolina in to register multiple Top 10 wins in the same tournament for the first time in her career.

With AP Photos.Sloane Stephens is heading to the Miami Open final, after rallying to beat Victoria Azarenka 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 in the semifinals.

In a rematch of last year's round of 16 match at Wimbledon, the French Open champion was too strong for fourth seed Elina Svitolina, running out a deserved 7-6 (7/3) 7-6 (7/5) victor.

"The first time I saw Venus in the locker room I almost cried", Collins said in an on-court interview. "She's been my favourite player for forever and this is just a special moment I'm trying to wrap my head around it".

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Thursday's semifinals EST will feature Victoria Azarenka vs. Sloane Stephens at 1 p.m., and Ostapenko vs. Collins at 9 p.m. "In the first set I was down but I battled back so I knew if I did that in the second, I'd be right in there", the 25-year-old American said. "But physically I was not anywhere near where I wanted to be, and that's just what you get when you're not 100 percent healthy". She played nearly flawless tennis to snap up four points in a row and allow her opponent just one point, closing it out 7-1. "It's someone I have lost three times before prior to obviously last week. I just stopped getting to the ball, I stopped hitting the ball the way I should be hitting the ball and she's going to jump on it".

"This feels like a home final for me", she said.

"Before the match I knew that I have to be very aggressive", Ostapenko said afterwards.

Collins won an impressive 66 percent of her service points as she was only broken once by Williams.

Zverev advances to a semifinal against Spanish 16th seed Carreno Busta, who survived a match point to upset South African sixth seed Anderson 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (6).

"Overall, what I've done is not bad at all", Azarenka said, summing up her four-week return. "It was insane, but people just don't know what's going on".

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