Venus takes down No. 1 Kerber in Miami

(AP Photo/Mario Houben)

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) 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.

The taste of victory never gets old.

Venus and her dad have been coming together to Key Biscayne for 20 years, and she moved a step closer to her first title in the event since 2001 by beating top-ranked Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3 Wednesday night in the Miami Open quarterfinals.

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2017 ATP Rankings
Rank Player Points
1 A. Murray 12,005
2 N. Djokovic 8,915
3 S. Wawrinka 5,705
4 K. Nishikori 4,730
5 M. Raonic 4,480
6 R. Federer 4,305
7 R. Nadal 4,145
8 D. Thiem 3,465
9 M. Cilic 3,420
10 J. Tsonga 3,310
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2017 WTA Rankings
Rank Player Points
1 A. Kerber 7,515
2 S. Williams 7,130
3 K. Pliskova 5,640
4 D. Cibulkova 5,160
5 S. Halep 5,022
6 G. Muguruza 4,790
7 S. Kuznetsova 4,555
8 A. Radwanska 4,345
9 M. Keys 4,007
10 E. Svitolina 3,850
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