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Australian Open: Coco Vandeweghe sets up all-American semi-final with Venus Williams

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Reigning French Open champion Garbine Muguruza bowed out of the Australian Open going down to unseeded American Coco Vandeweghe 4-6, 0-6 in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.

World No.seven Muguruza was never really at the races today and was overwhelmed by the 31 winners produced by the plucky American.

Showing no real signs of nerves, the world no.35 American made a bright start but failed to capitalize on the two break points she earned in the very first game. The decisive break of serve did eventually come in the all important seventh game and was good enough for Coco to close out the opening set.

Disappointingly for her fans, Muguruza failed to make Vandeweghe work for the win in the second set, and went down without a fight.

"I was surprised. I think she played unbelievable. Her serve, her shots were there. She barely missed. So it was a pretty good performance from her," Muguruza was quoted as saying by WTA's official website.

Vandeweghe was meanwhile thrilled with her performance and shared, "I thought it was pretty good. I thought I took care of the things that I could control, which is the most important thing: not letting outside factors affect anything that was happening. She's going to play some good points. I'm going to play some bad points. Also vice versa, I'm going to play some good points and she's going to play some bad points.

"It feels really good. It's amazing to be in a semifinal. But, you know, not satisfying. I want to keep going, keep playing. There's more things to do out on a tennis court that I'm hoping to achieve," she concluded.

Vandeweghe, who advanced to the semi-finals for the first time, will now take on compatriot and former world no.1 Venus Williams.

Venus reached her first Australian Open semi-final in 14 years with a hard earned 6-4, 7-6 (3) win over 24th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

A 5-time Wimbledon Champion, Venus, now has her eyes set on a first ever Australian Open title. Speaking after her win over Pavlyuchenkova, Venus said, "It's wonderful to be here at the start of the year. I want to go further. I'm not happy with this. I try to believe. Should I look across the net and believe the person across the net deserves it more? This mentality is not how champions are made. I'd like to be a champion, in particular this year. The mentality I walk on court with is: I deserve this."

Vandeweghe meanwhile is excited about the prospect of taking on Venus. She shared, "It's a dream to play someone you grew up watching. To play an unbelievable player, future Hall of Famer, Venus, to be on the court with her, I've only experienced it one time before. But to do it at this stage of a Grand Slam is kind of crazy. I mean, I can't really put it into words. Not only when I was younger, it was unknown if I even wanted to play tennis. I was playing basketball as well, but it was kind of, like, you see that, you see it happening, but you more see yourself there.

"To definitely have two Americans against each other in the semifinal I think is pretty cool," she concluded.