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Venus Williams Rallies To Advance At Miami Open

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Updated March 24, 2018
Venus Williams Rallies To Advance At Miami Open
(Files) Venus Williams reacts against Sloane Stephens during the 2017 US Open on September 7, 2017. Abbie Parr/Getty Images for USTA/AFP

 

Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams stormed back from deficits in both sets to defeat qualifier Natalia Vikhlyantseva 7-5, 6-4 in the second round of the WTA Miami Open on Friday.

The 37-year-old American improved to 7-3 on the season as she clinched the victory on the second match point when the 21-year-old Russian smacked a forehand wide.

Williams trailed 2-5 in the first set but won five straight games to take the opener. She also rallied in the second set, falling behind 0-3 before winning six of the next seven for the victory.

Williams advances to the third round where she will face 29th seeded Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands, who outlasted American Varvara Lepchenko 5-7, 7-6 (7/5), 6-1.

AFP