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Posted at 9:33 AM ET, 01/19/2011

Despite injury, Venus Williams advances in Australian Open

By Cindy Boren

No doubt this isn't the way Venus Williams would choose to quiet conversation about her skimpy couture. She pulled up with an injury in the Australian Open, raising doubts about how far she'll advance in the tournament.

Williams, who has never been forced to retire from a Grand Slam match, recovered sufficiently well enough from what she said was a groin injury to beat Sandra Zahlavova, 6-7 (8), 6-0, 6-4.

"It was really tough, but I'm a long way from home, and it's such a long way home; I didn't want to go back yet," Williams said in an on-court interview. "I don't know what happened. I just started going for shots, and I'm not sure she was as composed as before. You've got to be able to play under all kinds of circumstances -- good, bad, strange, weird, bizarre, all of the above. So I was glad to come through."

Williams was hurt on the last point of the first set, sought treatment and returned with a bandaged leg and a look of determination.

"She had the no-lose look, the I'm-definitely-not-losing look," her mother, Oracene Price, told the New York Times. "It's been a while since I've seen that one, but when I saw it, I quietly knew what was going to happen."

Things were going smoothly for Roger Federer in his Australian Open match against Gilles Simon...until he hit the third set. Simon forced a fifth set, but Federer pulled out a 6-2 6-3 4-6 4-6 6-3 victory. "Matches against him don't come easy, it's the first win I've had," Federer said in an on-court interview afterward. "Today I got lucky, I was happy I won."

In other notable matches, Novak Djokovic beat Ivan Dodig 7-5 6-7 (8/10) 6-0 6-2 and Andy Roddick beat Igor Kunitsyn 7-6 (9-7) 6-2 6-3.

By Cindy Boren  | January 19, 2011; 9:33 AM ET
Categories:  Tennis  
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The indomitable Venus is a breath of fresh air. I am not a tennis person,per se, but I have followed American commentary when she was playing that seemed to be rooting for the other side. Let the star wear what she wants. You want a show of rear end as well as skill? Ok, She gives one. You need a "color commentator" for sports? She is her own color commentator. So, I say "Go venus, Go Woman. Go strong Afro-American player. Beat the pants of them. Shake your thing girl. You are a winner."

Posted by: elainedtter2 | January 19, 2011 3:47 PM | Report abuse

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