Venus Williams very nearly found herself following a large number of men’s seeds out the door after letting Daniela Hantuchova dominate early in their match. However, in true Williams style, Venus, in her strange red corset style dress, managed to claw her way back into the match, eventually winning 1-6, 7-6, 6-4.
It’s an unusual scoreline for anyone who’s seen Hantuchova play recently. Huntuchova, over the last 1-2 years has really lacked the fire power to do any real damage. Even Venus was surprised.
“I haven’t seen her play so well in a long time, she was really executing her game. Of course, I’d like to win in a more straightforward way, but when it counts and when times get tough, I always feel confident I’m going to find a way to win the point. When I hit it hard she got it back, when I hit it high she got it back. So, just a real testimony to how well she was playing today.”
Kim Clijsters also had a good day at the office at the so called 5th Slam smashing Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 6-0. Azarenka later said via Twitter “Really bad game for me today! I just wasn’t myself on the court! And I need to work harder! I’m gonna take a few days off and come back better.”
Judging by what the men and the women have been saying it sounds like a lot of them are struggling a bit mentally…. Should make for an interesting clay court season.
In other WTA results, a soggy Miami continued to be the playground for the big names to fall;
- Svetlana Kuznetsova was defeated by Marion Bartoli 6-3, 6-0.
- Defending champion Victoria Azarenka was defeated by Kim Clijsters 6-4, 6-0.
- Jelena Jankovic lost to Sam Stosur 6-1, 7-6.
- Vera Zvonareva lost to Justine Henin 6-1, 6-4, although that result is not so surprising.