WTA Tour

Venus advances at Miami Open

2019-03-22 06:56
Venus Williams (Getty)

Miami - Venus Williams displayed the mental strength that has made her a seven-time Grand Slam singles champion on Thursday, holding off a spirited challenge by Slovenian Dalila Jakupovic at the WTA Miami Open.

The 38-year-old American, a quarter-finalist at Indian Wells last week, turned back Jakupovic 7-5, 6-3 in 78 minutes to reach the second round after a rough start.

Jakupovic was serving for the first set and Williams was on the back foot before the qualifier wilted under the pressure and 43rd-ranked Williams booked a second-round matchup against Spanish 24th seed Carla Suarez Navarro.

Tenth seed Serena Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam singles champion and younger sister of Venus, will open in the second round against Sweden's Rebecca Peterson, who eliminated German qualifier Laura Siegemund 6-1, 5-7, 7-5.

Venus credits her mother, Oracene Price, will instilling the character and desire to match the tennis skills developed her their father and long-time coach, Richard Williams.

"Growing up in my home, we weren't allowed to be weak, so it just wasn't an option," Venus Williams said.

"The only option was to be strong. You had a choice of being strong or being strong, so we were strong."

Williams, a three time Miami Open champion, is the oldest player in the women's singles draw but has no problem striving for more titles.

"I don't think there is really any sacrifices," she said. "I think it's really only pluses, especially if you're able to execute on your dream. That's really what anyone and everyone wants.

"One of the challenges is that it's really a lifestyle and there is never any moment where you're not trying to get better or that you forget about tennis.

"You just feel intense pressure to get better and to work."

Three consecutive breaks saw 80th-ranked Jakupovic ease into an early 3-2 lead with Williams struggling on serve, and she served for the first set at 5-4 before Williams answered to claim a set that saw seven service breaks in all.

Williams stormed ahead 5-1 in the second set and cruised in from there.

Williams, in a record 20th Miami appearance, knows she faces a tougher test in Suarez Navarro even though she owns a 6-3 career edge on the Spaniard.

"She's crafty, feisty, and competitive," Williams said. "She plays maybe a little more topspin than others and then some slice. So it's a little bit atypical game."

Mari Osaka, the older sister of world number one Naomi Osaka, was ousted in her opening match, falling to American Whitney Osuigwe 6-2, 6-4.

Canada's Bianca Andreescu, fresh off the Indian Wells title, rallied to beat Romania's Irina-Camelia Begu 4-6, 7-6 (7/2), 6-2 in her opening match.

World number two Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic downed Greece's Maria Sakkari 6-1, 6-4, to become the first player into the third round.

In ATP first-round matches, Australia's Bernard Tomic dispatched Brazilian qualifier Thiago Monteiro 6-4, 6-1 and Aussie Jordan Thompson downed Britain's Cameron Norrie 4-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-3.

Results on Thursday in the Miami Open WTA and ATP Masters hardcourt tournament (x-denotes seeded player):

Women

First round

Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) bt Sachia Vickery (USA) 3-6, 6-3, 6-1

Alison Riske (USA) bt Kaia Kanepi (EST) 6-2, 6-2

Monica Niculescu (ROU) bt Tamara Zidanšek (SLO) 6-1, 6-2

Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) bt Viktorija Golubic (SUI) 4-6, 7-5, 6-4

Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) bt Anna-Lena Friedsam (GER) 4-6, 6-3, 6-0

Bianca Andreescu (CAN) bt Irina Begu (ROU) 4-6, 7-6 (7/2), 6-2

Karolína Muchová (CZE) bt Nao Hibino (JPN) 6-3, 6-3

Viktória Kužmová (SVK) bt Daria Gavrilova (AUS) 6-4, 6-2

Petra Martic (CRO) bt Zhang Shuai (CHN) 6-2, 6-1

Alize Cornet (FRA) bt Vera Lapko (BLR) 7-5, 6-7 (7/9), 6-1

Tatjana Maria (GER) bt Anna Karolína Schmiedlová (SVK) 6-4, 6-1

Ons Jabeur (TUN) bt Kristýna Plíšková (CZE) 2-6, 6-3, 6-4

Wang Yafan (CHN) bt Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 6-3, 6-3

Whitney Osuigwe (USA) bt Mari Osaka (JPN) 6-2, 6-4

Johanna Konta (GBR) bt Jessica Pegula (USA) 6-1, 6-4

Rebecca Peterson (SWE) bt Laura Siegemund (GER) 6-1, 5-7, 7-5

Cori Gauff (USA) bt Caty McNally (USA) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4

Venus Williams (USA) bt Dalila Jakupovic (SLO) 7-5, 6-3

Misaki Doi (JPN) bt Xinyu Wang (CHN) 6-2, 1-6, 6-3

Taylor Townsend (USA) bt Johanna Larsson (SWE) 6-1, 6-2

Second round

Petra Kvitova (CZE x3) bt Maria Sakkari (GRE) 6-1, 6-4

Donna Vekic (CRO x26) bt Sara Sorribes (ESP) 6-3, 6-3

Caroline Garcia (FRA x19) bt Victoria Azarenka (BLR) 6-3, 6-4

Julia Görges (GER x15) bt Magdaléna Rybáriková (SVK) 6-4, 7-5

Ashleigh Barty (AUS x12) bt Dayana Yastremska (UKR) 6-4, 6-1

Samantha Stosur (AUS) bt Madison Keys (USA x17) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4

Kiki Bertens (NED x7) bt Wang Xiyu (CHN) 6-4, 6-1

Men 

First round

Robin Haase (NED) bt Lukas Lacko (SVK) 6-2, 6-4

Jordan Thompson (AUS) bt Cameron Norrie (GBR) 4-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-3

Leonardo Mayer (ARG) bt Mikael Ymer (SWE) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4

Bernard Tomic (AUS) bt Thiago Monteiro (BRA) 6-4, 6-1

Maximilian Marterer (GER) bt Taylor Fritz (USA) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3

Ilya Ivashka (BLR) bt Thomas Fabbiano (ITA) 6-4, 1-6, 6-3

Albert Ramos (ESP) bt Marius Copil (ROU) 6-4, 6-2

Lorenzo Sonego (ITA) bt Martin Kližan (SVK) 6-4, 6-3

Félix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) bt Casper Ruud (NOR) 3-6, 6-1, 6-2

Jérémy Chardy (FRA) bt Nicolás Jarry (CHI) 6-7 (1/7), 6-2, 7-6 (7/5)

Alexander Bublik (KAZ) bt Tennys Sandgren (USA) 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (7/5)

Dusan Lajovic (SRB) bt Pablo Cuevas (URU) 6-4, 6-7 (6/8), 6-3

Jaume Munar (ESP) bt Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND) 7-6 (7/3), 6-4

João Sousa (POR) bt Tseng Chun Hsin (TPE) 6-4, 7-5

Feliciano Lopez (ESP) bt Benoît Paire (FRA) 7-5, 4-6, 6-4

Adrian Mannarino (FRA) bt Aljaz Bedene (SLO) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2

Reilly Opelka (USA) bt Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4

Filip Krajinovic (SRB) bt Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) 6-4, 6-4

Radu Albot (MDA) bt Matthew Ebden (AUS) 6-0, 3-2 retired

Daniel Evans (GBR) bt Malek Jaziri (TUN) 6-2, 6-0

Andrey Rublev (RUS) bt Taro Daniel (JPN) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4

Damir Džumhur (BIH) bt Christopher Eubanks (USA) 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/5)

Pablo Andújar (ESP) bt Ivo Karlovic (CRO) 7-6 (7/2), 6-4

Miomir Kecmanovic (SRB) bt Ernests Gulbis (LAT) 6-2, 7-5

David Ferrer (ESP) bt Sam Querrey (USA) 6-3, 6-2

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