Venus Williams beats Francesca Schiavone, advances to Aussie Open quarter-finals

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MELBOURNE, Australia - Venus Williams beat Francesca Schiavone of Italy 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 to advance to the Australian Open quarter-finals.
After an exchange of service breaks to open the final set, the sixth-seeded Williams broke Schiavone's service again in the fourth and sixth games to take a 5-1 lead. Her win Monday extends a streak that has seen at least one American woman in the Australian Open quarter-finals every year since 1977.
Venus could play younger sister Serena in the semifinals. Top-seeded and defending champion Serena Williams, who has won four Australian titles, faced Australian Sam Stosur later Monday in the fourth round.

Geographic location: MELBOURNE, Australia

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