Amelia Island:French teen Tatiana Golovin outserved Venus Williams to win their quarterfinal 6-2, 6-3 at the Bausch and Lomb Championships.
"I put a lot of pressure on her right from the start. I was getting everything back. When she kind of came back, I fought through that. It was one of the better matches I've played all season so I'm really happy," Golovin said after the match on Friday.
The eighth-seeded Golovin broke unseeded Williams twice in the first set. Overall, she took five of her nine break chances, while Williams converted the only two she earned after trailing 4-0 in the second.
"We were back on serve so that was nice," Williams said. "But those last two games went a lot quicker than I wanted them to."
Golovin also won their only previous meeting in 2005 when Williams was defending the Charleston, South Carolina title.
Williams is trying to regain her premier status after an eight-month layoff with a left wrist injury. The five-time Grand Slam champion, playing only her third tournament this year, was 5-2 since winning her 34th career title in Memphis in February.