3 Jan 2014

Williams advances to final after Hampton withdraws

3:42 pm on 3 January 2014

The American tennis star, Venus Williams, has advanced directly to the final at the Auckland Classic after her semi-final opponent, Jamie Hampton, withdrew due to injury.

The fifth seeded American, Hampton, injured her hip in a warm-up this morning and decided to withdraw with the year's first grand slam, the Australian Open, starting next Monday.

Williams will play the winner of the other semi-final between Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens and Ana Ivanovic which gets underway at 5.