Venus returns to Australian quarters

(AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Venus Williams has returned to the quarterfinals for the ninth time at the Australian Open, where she first made the last eight on debut in 1998.

The 36-year-old, seven-time major winner had a 6-3, 7-5 fourth-round win Sunday over No. 181-ranked Mona Barthel, who won three matches in qualifying and then beat two Australian wild cards and Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig in the first three rounds.

Williams will next play No. 24-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who beat No. 8 Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 6-3 in the opening match of Day Seven at Rod Laver Arena.

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Rank Player Points
1 A. Murray 12,560
2 N. Djokovic 11,780
3 M. Raonic 5,290
4 S. Wawrinka 5,155
5 K. Nishikori 5,010
6 G. Monfils 3,625
7 M. Cilic 3,605
8 D. Thiem 3,415
9 R. Nadal 3,195
10 T. Berdych 3,060
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Rank Player Points
1 A. Kerber 8,875
2 S. Williams 7,080
3 A. Radwanska 5,625
4 S. Halep 5,073
5 K. Pliskova 4,970
6 D. Cibulkova 4,865
7 G. Muguruza 4,420
8 M. Keys 4,137
9 J. Konta 4,055
10 S. Kuznetsova 3,745
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