Ailing Venus hobbles into third round

2011-01-19 07:18

Melbourne – An ailing Venus Williams ground her way to a 6-7 6-0 6-4 victory over unheralded Czech opponent Sandra Zahlavova to advance to the third round of the Australian Open today.

The 30-year-old American appeared to be suffer a groin injury and took a lengthy medical time-out after losing the first set tiebreaker under bright sunshine at Rod Laver Arena.

She re-emerged on court gingerly and despite grimacing in pain throughout, blasted her way through the second set before sealing the win with a big serve that Zahlavova pushed wide.

Williams, flying solo without her sister Serena in the draw, is chasing her eighth career grand slam title, although she has yet to win the Australian Open.

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