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LONDON -- She strode to the net with a clenched fist and a dazzling smile and, after politely shaking hands with yet another opponent, Venus Williams began to giggle like a 12-year-old.As she waved to the appreciative patrons of Court No. 1, she couldnt stop.At the age of 36, Venus remains a phenomenon, defying gravity, not to mention all the conventional laws of physics.On Tuesday, she handled another younger opponent, unseeding 28-year-old Yaroslava Shvedova 7-6 (5), 6-2 to advance to the semifinals at the All England Club.Oh, wow, Venus said in her off-the-court interview with the BBC. Somehow, I walked out of that with the [first] set. When you can walk to the net as a winner, thats the goal, thats the dream.Against great odds, Venus continues to live that dream.Next up: No. 4 Angelique Kerber, a straight-sets winner over No. 5 Simona Halep 7-5, 7-6 (2).It is not too early to start imagining a fifth Serena-Venus Wimbledon final -- the first, incredibly, came 14 years ago.Putting Venus success this fortnight into a proper context is becoming an increasingly difficult proposition.No, she shouldnt be doing this, said Mary Joe Fernandez, the U.S. Fed Cup captain and the U.S. Olympic team coach in Rio de Janeiro. Its ridiculous, crazy good.Shes incredibly resilient. She has a great attitude, and its put her in position to compete here.Venus is the No. 8-ranked player in the world, which is even more impressive when you consider shes dealing with Sjogrens syndrome, a chronic condition that causes aching joints and bouts of low energy.Here, in her 19th Wimbledon, she tied the Open era record with 71 Grand Slam appearances. And then she became the oldest woman to advance to a major quarterfinal in 22 years, when Martina Navratilova made the final at the age of 37.Wimbledon, of course, has been Venus signature event. Her unparalleled movement and power landed her in eight finals in the span of a decade. Hard to believe that it was 16 years ago when she beat Lindsay Davenport in the 2000 championship match.The last one was in 2009, when Venus lost to Serena. Lately, it has been more difficult here; this was Venus first Wimbledon quarterfinal in six years.Yeah, semifinals feels good, Venus said. But it doesnt feel foreign at all, lets put it that way. ...?Yeah, the road was six years. They go by fast thankfully. But Ive been blessed, been really blessed, to have an opportunity to be here, have had an opportunity in the past to do this. I dont have any regrets about anything thats taken place in between. Its been a journey, but its made me stronger.Fernandez compared Venus, circa 2000, to the present player.Her movement was unbelievable, said Fernandez, also an ESPN analyst. She doesnt have that any more. But today, she makes the most out of what shes still got: power, her great play at net and her long reach.Its just that now every match is an odyssey -- you just dont know. Sometimes depends on how she feels when she wakes up that day.There were times Tuesday when Venus looked her age. She was in position most of the time, but balls that were clearing the net in her earlier matches here sometimes found the net.With the score 2-all in the first-set tiebreaker, Venus hit a vintage approach shot, got a high ball at net -- and clunked an easy winner into the net, then promptly fell down. Shvedova raced off to a 5-2 lead and the set seemed lost. And then Venus won the last five points to take the extra session.In reality, Shvedova lost it; she made five errors, four on the forehand side, to give Williams the first set.She settled in quickly and calmly to break Shvedova in the third and fifth games to secure the second set.Chris Evert was 34 when she made the semifinals here in 1989. She retired later that year after the US Open.Its been inspiring and impressive that shes still here, still in the game, Evert said. Thats more impressive to me than the fact shes in the quarters. Shes enjoying it, winning matches. She doesnt have to be No. 1 to be happy.She keeps coming back and back again.Ah, but will she come back next year??Retiring is the easy way out, Williams said. I dont have time for easy. Tennis is just hard.On the first day of the fortnight, she described this infinity inside you that feels like it could go on forever.On Tuesday, she explained why.I love playing the game, Venus said afterward. I always have. Of course, winning matches makes it much sweeter. The wins and the losses always lead to these big moments, unless youre Serena Williams.Meaning that Serena doesnt experience the downs that mere mortals do.But as Venus Williams, Venus said, this is an awesome day. Retro Jordan Shoes For Sale . The Montreal Canadiens announced on Friday that the veteran forward will return to the teams line-up on Saturday night when the Habs visit the Nashville Predators. Cheap Jordan Shoes For Sale . -- The proud fathers huddled near the Dallas Stars dressing room, smiling, laughing and telling stories while wearing replica green sweaters of their sons team. . 10 VCU 85-67 on Thursday night at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. The Seminoles (4-0) have scored at least 80 points in each of their games. Authentic Jordan Shoes For Sale . 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Its the alarming chink thats emerged in Canterburys broad suit of armour and they admit it could end their NRL top four hopes unless they find a swift response.The Bulldogs have boasted one of the best completion rates for most of the season only to find their fundamentals lacking over the last five weeks.Having completed at over 78 per cent all year, the Bulldogs have only trailed Melbourne and Gold Coast for holding onto the ball.But their drop off started with their round 20 36-0 flogging at the hands of North Queensland, during which they were punished for simple errors.Since that night, theyve completed above their season average just once - against Manly with 81.3 per cent. And after Fridays loss to Brisbane they were left to lament their 65.9 completion rate.Its been a continuing theme over the last month or six weeks, prop Aidan Tolman said.Weve got a big game this weekend and we need to get it right because we did the same up there in North Queensland and thats where it all started and we got dusted.Its one thing we definittely need to clean up if were any chance of winning on Thursday night.ddddddddddddTolman admitted the side faced feeling the wrath of an expected bumper crowd at Belmore Sportsground if they produced a repeat limp performance against the Cowboys on Thursday night.He warned fans at the Dogs spiritual home were unforgiving and would make their feelings known if their team were to turn belly up similar to their effort against the premiers five weeks ago.The carrot for Thursdays clutch clash is fourth spot, with the fifth-placed Cowboys nipping at the Bulldogs heels just two competition points back.We know thats there but more importantly we need to put in a good performance, Tolman said.If we do that, we gives ourselves the best chance of coming away with a top four finish.For us its about trying to getting back to play some good footy. 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