Melbourne : United States' Venus Williams celebrates after defeating Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova during their quarterfinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. AP/PTI(AP1_24_2017_000060A)

A vintage Venus Williams powered past Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and into her third Australian Open semi-final today, becoming the oldest woman to make a Grand Slam last four in 23 years.

The 36-year-old overcame the Russian 6-4, 7-6 (7/3) and will play either fellow American Coco Vandeweghe or French Open champion Garbine Muguruza for a place in the final.

Her achievement makes her the oldest woman to reach a Grand Slam semi since 37-year-old Martina Navratilova at Wimbledon in 1994.

It is a remarkable feat for Williams, who made her professional debut in 1994 and is enjoying a late-career resurgence following a battle with a rare autoimmune disorder.

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