Venus digs deep to reach fourth round

ESPN staff
March 25, 2012
Venus Williams is through to the fourth round in Miami © PA Photos

Venus Williams produced a gritty performance to book her place in the fourth round of the Sony Ericsson Open after the former world No. 1 was forced to come from behind to beat Aleksandra Wozniak in Miami.

After her hugely impressive win over world No. 3 Petra Kvitova on Friday, Williams looked to be heading out when world No. 65 Wozniak served for the match, but the American hung on to claim a 4-6 6-4 7-6(5) victory after a gruelling two hours and 53 minutes.

Making her first appearance at a WTA event since being diagnosed with Sjogren's Syndrome last year, Williams, who has slipped to No. 134 in the world rankings, saved a match point before winning the decisive third-set tiebreak to clinch the victory.

Next up for Williams is the resurgent Ana Ivanovic, who continued her impressive form with a 6-2 7-6(2) win over Daniela Hantuchova.

Spanish wildcard Garbine Muguruza Blanco continued her stunning run in Miami as she claimed the scalp of No. 24 seed Flavia Pennetta. Playing in the main draw of a WTA event of the first time, Muguruza Blanco won 6-2 1-6 7-6(6) to reach the fourth round.

Elsewhere, Dominika Cibulkova beat Zheng Jie, while Maria Kirilenko set up a fourth-round clash with seventh seed Marion Bartoli following her win over Ksenia Pervak.

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