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Venus Williams reaches 4th round at a major for 1st time since 2011, next plays Radwanska

  • Venus Williams of the U.S. reacts as she plays Camila Giorgi of Italy during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

    Venus Williams of the U.S. reacts as she plays Camila Giorgi of Italy during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)  (The Associated Press)

  • Camila Giorgi of Italy serves to Venus Williams of the U.S.  during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

    Camila Giorgi of Italy serves to Venus Williams of the U.S. during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)  (The Associated Press)

  • Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland celebrates after defeating Varvara Lepchenko of the U.S. during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland celebrates after defeating Varvara Lepchenko of the U.S. during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)  (The Associated Press)

Venus Williams has reached the fourth round at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time since Wimbledon in 2011, coming back from a set and a break down to beat Camila Giorgi 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-1 on Saturday.

The seven-time major winner couldn't contain her delight after the win on Margaret Court Arena, beaming a smile as she turned to wave to all sides of the stadium and then moved to the music blaring over the loud speakers.

The 34-year-old Williams next faces sixth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska, a semifinalist here last year and Wimbledon finalist in 2012, who advanced with a 6-0, 7-5 win over Varvara Lepchenko.

Williams was diagnosed in 2011 with an auto-immune condition called Sjogren's syndrome in 2011, which can cause joint pain and saps energy.