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DUBAI (Reuters) -- Venus Williams overcame a troublesome left knee to edge into the semifinals of the Dubai Open with a laboured 6-0, 3-6, 6-4 victory over Russia's Anastasia Myskina on Thursday.

In contrast, Monica Seles, Amelie Mauresmo and Sandrine Testud all enjoyed one-sided victories to progress to the last four.

American Williams refused to directly blame the injury on her erratic performance, but was clearly struggling and refused to dismiss speculation that it could limit her participation in the remainder of the tournament.

"At this point I really can't comment on my knee, but I'm wearing a tape and it has been sore," Williams said.

"It's been very difficult over these past couple of weeks, and this has been my toughest week yet. I'm just doing my best to hold myself together."

When Williams took the first set in just 17 minutes, no one could have predicted that she would still be on court more than an hour later, fighting to close out the match after having lost the second set only to build a 5-1 lead in the third.

But she often failed to match the commitment of the energetic Russian and rushed her shots.

"I think that mentally I was just exhausted," she said to explain her collapse after the opening set.

"I fought back to three-all and then it seemed like I couldn't get my racquet on the ball without making a mistake. I was just drained."

Second seed Seles, who admits she is feeling weary and grumpy after playing for eight consecutive weeks, took just 46 minutes to overwhelm seventh seed Angeles Montolio of Spain 6-0, 6-2.

"I hadn't played her before and didn't know what to expect, but she gave me the kind of ball I liked and I just tried to stay aggressive," said Seles.

"It was very difficult match to play because of the wind. Even though I lost two service games I still thought that I served well, but definitely my returns were the best thing today."

Third seed Mauresmo of France, who now faces Seles, also found little resistance as she overwhelmed Slovenia's Tina Pisnik 6-1, 6-2 in under an hour, and fourth seeded Testud of France swept past sixth seeded Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand 6-2, 6-0.
 

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Hopefully Venus will be the last standing, even with this recurent injury!!!!! Sher just needs to come strong in the 1st set againts Testud because thats' what Testud does every single time. If Venus wins the 1st, then it will be a straight set victories because usually Testud just falls apart in the 2d. But if Testud wins the 1st, That will give her a boost to at leats take the match to a 3-seeter......and giving Venus'knee, the result won't be certain!!!

venus knows she has to win this one in straight sets......if she wants to have a chance in the finals!!!!!:bounce:
 

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I would not be surprised if Monica did not win this title. She actually looks very solid and probably is playing her best tennis right now.
 

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I believe she always has the strenght to keep winning her matches, and she is capable to close it. I remember last OZ when she was suffering her injury, won in 3 the match to Hantuchova, and after that she could defeat Maleeva in two close sets.

Now I don't think she has the same pain, she must be tired to be playing to the final in every tournament she enters. And I know she will win this tournament:)
 
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