Saturday, March 9, 2019 - Venus Williams plays Petra Kvitova in the 2nd round of the BNP Paribas Open in Stadium 1 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California. (Jared Wickerham/BNP Paribas Open)
While the Czech powerhouse was undoubtedly one of the premier favorites to win the title in Indian Wells, she was unable to get past one of the greatest champions in the history of our sport: Venus Williams. 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.
With a combined 75 WTA Singles Titles between the pair, a packed house greeted the two women’s stars as they faced off in Stadium 1 during a picturesque day in Tennis Paradise.
In the opening frame, the two battled back-and-forth before Kvitova finally found a way to break the 38-year-old Williams. She maintained her lead throughout the set behind the strength of seven aces during imposing service games.
Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam champion, turned back the clock throughout the next two sets. After an early break, she appeared reenergized as she jolted the crowd alive with inspired play 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.
Williams 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.
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Next up for Williams is American compatriot Christina McHale, with a spot in the fourth round on the line.