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Fireworks help celebrate Venus Williams’ Australian Open run

Novak Djokovic of Serbia, left,  signs his autographs on a toy doll  for fans after defeating Milos Raonic of Canada in their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — It was difficult to tell who was more pleased with reaching the Australian Open semifinals: No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic, advancing to his 25th at a Grand Slam tournament, or 19-year-old Madison Keys, who beat Venus Williams to get into her first.

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Serena Williams advances, Venus out of Australian Open

Madison Keys of the U.S. makes a forehand return to compatriot Venus Williams during their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Venus Williams lost her quarterfinal match against Madison Keys on Wednesday at the Australian Open. Serena Williams, the other sister in a family that has won a combined 25 Grand Slam singles titles, will attempt to right the wrong in the semifinals on Thursday.

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Nishikori not disappointed with Australian Open finish

Kei Nishikori of Japan leaves Rod Laver Arena after his quarterfinal loss to Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — U.S. Open runner-up Kei Nishikori was circumspect about his quarterfinal loss at the Australian Open on Wednesday, saying there’s nothing wrong with getting to the final eight of any Grand Slam tournament.

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Sharapova to play Makarova in Australian Open semifinals

Rafael Nadal of Spain gestures during a press conference after his quarterfinal loss to Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Rafael Nadal has joined Roger Federer on the sidelines at the Australian Open, taking their combined 31 Grand Slam singles titles with them.

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Nadal, Fed, Maria: What to watch Monday at Australian Open

Maria Sharapova of Russia plays a shot to Peng Shuai of China during their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The quarterfinalists on the bottom half of both men’s and women’s singles draws play at the Australian Open on Tuesday, with plenty of familiar faces and rivalries and minus a few stars.

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