HAMBURG, Germany (AP) _ Venus Williams continued her string of good performances at German tournaments today when she defeated South African Amanda Coetzer 6-4, 6-3 in the quarterfinals of the Betty Barclay Cup semifinals.

Williams was joined in the semifinals by Mary Pierce, who ousted Spain's Conchita Martinez 6-4, 6-4.

Pierce, seeded fourth, reached the tournament semifinals for the second time since 1996.