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Venus Reaches Nice Semis

February 16, 2001

NICE, France (AP) _ Venus Williams reached the semifinals of the $565,000 Terazura Open on Friday with a 6-4, 7-6 (2) victory over fellow American Meilen Tu.

The top-seeded Williams, ranked No. 3 in the world, was playing her second tournament of the year. On Wednesday, she struggled to beat Anne-Gaelle Sidot of France 7-6 (3), 7-6 (6) in the second round.

Williams made it to the semis of the Australian Open last month before losing 6-1, 6-1 to Martina Hingis.

Tu, ranked 51st in the world, upset sixth seeded Amy Frazier and Magui Serna of Spain on her way to the quarterfinals.

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