Williams powers into Taiwan final

Federer thrashes Albot to go through to Swiss Indoors quarters

Venus Williams reached the final of the Taiwan Open on Saturday after posting a straight sets victory over Yulia Putintseva.

The top-seeded American didn’t always have it her own way against her third-seeded opponent from Kazakhstan, but came through after an hour and 43 minute with a 7-5, 6-3 victory.

After the players traded a pair of breaks early in the first set, the former world number one got the decisive break of serve in the 12th game of the first set.

In the second set, Putintseva got a break of serve in the first game, but soon found herself a behind in the set once more and Williams made no mistake when serving for the match.

Her opponent in the final is Japanese second seed Misaki Doi, who beat local player Su-Wei Hsieh 6-0, 6-2 in the other last four match.