No illness, lack of match play or low ranking can take away from Venus Williams, seven-time Grand Slam champion and three-time winner of the Sony Ericsson Open. After routing Kimiko Date Krumm 6-0 6-3 in the first round, practically Williams’ first match in seven months, the former world No.1 eliminated third seed Petra Kvitova in the second round, 6-4 4-6 6-0.
The first set went with serve until the last game when Williams broke to take the set 6-4. In the second set, Kvitova made a crucial break to lead 3-2, and eventually 6-4. In the deciding set, however, Williams was relentless, routinely winning Kvitova’s service games and bageling the Czech in 34 minutes.
“The third set was very cruel for me,” Kvitova said after the match. While Venus, currently ranked 134th, said: “I actually didn’t really realize the third set was 6-0… I was just trying to win the match, trying to get to six.”
This Williams’ victory is significant for one more reason – it’s her 600th career win. (photo: © Neal Trousdale)