Venus all smiles after Kerber win

Venus Williams was in a positive mood following her straight-set win over world number one Angelique Kerber to reach the semi-finals of the Miami Open.

The American battled past the two-time grand slam winner 7-5, 6-3 on the hard courts of Miami to reach the final four of the event for the first time since 2010. 

"It was an interesting match," said the 36-year-old after the match.

"I was controlling it. I had more errors than I like and lower first serve percentage than I would like. For me, I'm looking at it from a standpoint of how can I get better.

"I have to play well against the number one in the world. She's on top of her game and she played well, so I had to find a way to play a little better."

Venus would notch up no 32 winners in a dominant display, where aggression was the order of the day.

"She was really aggressive from the beginning, and was hitting the balls really hard," said a disappointed Kerber.

"I think I didn't move too well today and made a lot of mistakes, which isn't normal for my game. It wasn't my best game, but she deserved to win because she played really well tonight."

Waiting for Venus in the semi-finals is Johanna Konta, who defeated her in the Bank of the West Classic final in August last year.