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MELBOURNE, Australia — Venus Williams, supreme at Wimbledon and at Flushing Meadows, stumbled at the Australian Open.

Monica Seles snapped Williams' 24-match winning streak and her bid for a third consecutive Grand Slam title with a 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-3 quarterfinal upset Tuesday and moved into the Australian Open semifinals against Martina Hingis.

Seles lost her previous six matches against Williams, who has won the last two U.S. Opens and the previous two Wimbledon titles.

The second-seeded Williams injured her hamstring in the first set and limped for the rest of the match. She'd gone into the quarterfinal with an injured left knee.

Seles, seeded eighth, has won four Australian Opens, but the last one was six years ago. Hingis is a three-time Australian Open champion but has not won since 1999, her last title in a major tournament.

Thomas Johansson, seeded 16th, became the first of the men to reach the semis with a 6-0, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over fellow Swede Jonas Bjorkman, who had ousted No. 6 Tim Henman, No. 12 Guillermo Canas and No. 24 Thomas Enqvist.

Johansson had never previously advanced beyond the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam.

In Tuesday's last match, No. 26 Jiri Novak of the Czech Republic beat Stefan Koubek of Austria 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 in 1 hour, 25 minutes to move into a semifinal against Johansson.