A vintage Venus Williams powered past Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and into her third Australian Open semi-final Tuesday, 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. It is a remarkable feat for Williams, who made her professional debut in 1994 and is enjoying a late-career renaissance following a battle with a rare autoimmune disorder.
The San Francisco Giants have signed South Korean infielder Hwang Jae-Gyun on a minor league deal to strengthen their options at third base, the San Francisco Chronicle reported on its website. Hwang, 29, could earn a $1.5 million payday if he manages to force his way onto the roster for the Giants upcoming Major League Baseball season. Hwang is reported to be the first Korean player to sign for the Giants, who tried out Lee Hak-Ju in a training camp last year but did not sign him.