It was Williams’ 15th career win against a No. 1 player, but her first since 2014.
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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.It was Williams' 15th career win against a No. 1 player, but her first since 2014 .Four-time Key Biscayne runner-up Rafael Nadal advanced to the men's semifinals by beating American Jack Sock 6-2, 6-3 . Nadal's opponent Friday will be Fabio Fognini, who became the first unseeded player in 10 years to reach the men's semis at Key Biscayne when he beat 2016 runner-up Kei Nishikori 6-4, 6-2 .The tournament was once known as the Williams Open because of the way Venus and Serena dominated. Now Venus, seeded 11th and 36 years old, is in the semifinals for the first time in seven years.By beating the No. 2-seeded Nishikori, Fognini improved to 9-44 against top-10 players, and he became the first Italian man to reach a semifinal at Key Biscayne.
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