California, Mar 10 (GCSports) In a hard-fought match, Ace tennis player Venus Williams defeated world No 3 Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic to move into the third round of the BNP Paribas Open here on Saturday.
The World No 36 Venus sealed the game with 4-6, 7-5, 6-4. After dropping the opening set, Williams rallied in vintage form on her way to a 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 triumph. The victory makes it two straight over Kvitova, as she also downed the Czech in their most recent meeting at the 2017 US Open.
In the opening frame, Kvitova took an early lead, thanks to her seven aces.
Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam champion, turned back the clock throughout the next two sets. After an early break, she appeared re-energized as she jolted the crowd alive with inspired play. It was reminiscent of her years as one of tennis’ truly elite players. Amazingly, the 25-year tour veteran seemed like the fresher competitor, as Kvitova was visibly stunned by the Americans’ resolve.
The 38-year-old veteran American broke the Czech once more in the match’s final game, letting loose with a euphoric scream as she sealed one of her most impressive victories in recent memory.
Kvitova racked up 10 aces, but also 10 double faults, and despite more than doubling Williams’ total of winners (38 to 15), she also more than doubled her total of unforced errors (56 to 25).