Venus Williams outlasts Lepchenko in 3 sets

      CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Venus Williams outlasted fellow American Ververa Lepchenko in three sets Friday to start a long day of tennis for the Williams' family at the rain-delayed Family Circle Cup.

      Venus was up a set and held a 3-0 lead in the second set before Lapchenko won six of the next seven games to force a third set. Lepchenko led 1-0 before Williams found her game and closed out the set, 6-2. Williams will face 18-year-old Madison Keys later Friday for a spot in the semifinals Saturday.

      Top-ranked Serena Williams also must play twice Friday after a 7 1-2 hour rain delay wiped out much of Thursday's schedule. Serena will play Mallory Burdette. If she wins, she'll play either sixth-seeded Lucie Safarova or Sorana Cirstea.

      AP-WF-04-05-13 1753GMT