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Venus opens door to sister Serena's bid for historic win

Venus Williams eliminated the highest-rated rival in her sister Serena's path to a historic US Open final - which could see her finish the year as holder of all four Slams - by defeating 12th-seeded Swiss Belinda Bencic 6-3, 6-4.

Bencic, who inflicted the most recent defeat upon Serena Williams in a Toronto semi-final last month, fell to 0-4 against Venus and has yet to win a set off the seven-time Grand Slam champion.

"I'm really pleased I played a (great) match against someone who had such a great summer," Venus said.

Venus, 35, fired 31 winners against 15 unforced errors while Bencic, 18, had 12 of each.

"I would rather make an error and play aggressive, go for it," Venus said.

Russian 13th seed Ekaterina Makarova ousted Ukraine 17th seed Elina Svitolina 6-3, 7-5.

Makarova, playing with a taped upper leg, began cramping while serving at match point.

After missing two of them, she sat down and asked for a trainer but was told she could not be treated until a changeover, but then advanced on a forehand winner.

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