Venus downs Vinci to enter Wuhan final

The seven-time Grand Slam-winner edged past Vinci in three sets that saw the Italian get a match point before eventually losing in a tie break. It was Vinci's second consecutive semi-final meet against a member of the Williams family, after downing world number one Serena in the US Open.

Venus Williams reacts after winning the semifinal match against Roberta Vinci 5-7, 6-2, 7-6   -  Getty Images

Venus Williams fought back from a set down to win the match.   -  Reuters

Roberto Vinci hits a return to Venus Williams during their women's singles semifinal match.   -  REUTERS

Venus Williams beat Roberta Vinci in a close fought three set match, settling a score on behalf of her sister Serena, to reach the Wuhan Open finals Friday.

The seven-time Grand Slam-winner edged past Vinci in three sets that saw the Italian get a match point before eventually losing in a tie break.

Williams looked comfortable going into the third set, securing a 4-1 lead over Vinci.

But the shock US Open finalist pushed back, evening the score before finally falling to the American veteran 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (7/4).

It was Vinci's second consecutive semi-final meet against a member of the Williams family, after downing world number one Serena in the US Open, an upset that denied her a calendar-year Grand Slam and a record-equalling 22nd major title.

Venus will now meet Wimbledon finalist Garbine Muguruza or Angelique Kerber in the final.