(January 1, 2014) Venus Williams bested Yvonne Meusburger in the battle of 30-somethings 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in a second round match at the ASB Classic in Auckland on Wednesday. Williams won 10 of the last 13 games.
“I think my opponent today has been playing some of the best tennis of her career,” Williams said. “She was a totally different player than my first round opponent. She’s a counterpuncher, really consistent and runs down balls, so it took me a little while to get that in my head and kind of change my strategy.
“Today was a lot about my winners and my errors – I made some spectacular winners and some spectacular errors! But in my head I just wanted to keep playing aggressive because that’s my game.”
“It’s not easy to stay aggressive when I’m making so many mistakes, but when I stop being aggressive and start playing my opponent’s game that’s really when I start getting into trouble. Sometimes I just have to get the errors out of my system and my shots start landing. I just can’t stop moving forward.”
Next up for the American is Garbiñe Muguruza.
Also advancing in Auckland were (2) Ana Ivanovic, (3) Kisten Flipkens and (5) Jamie Hampton.
Auckland, New Zealand
December 30, 2013 – January 4, 2014
Results – Wednesday, January 1, 2013
Singles – Second Round
(2) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. Johanna Larsson (SWE) 61 61
(3) Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) d. Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 64 63
(5) Jamie Hampton (USA) d. (Q) Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) 63 64
Venus Williams (USA) d. Yvonne Meusburger (AUT) 46 63 62
Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) d. (Q) Sharon Fichman (CAN) 16 63 63
Lauren Davis (USA) d. (WC) Ana Konjuh (CRO) 26 62 62
Kurumi Nara (JPN) d. Ayumi Morita (JPN) 60 61
(Q) Sachie Ishizu (JPN) d. Julia Goerges (GER) 62 36 75
Doubles – Quarterfinals
Fichman/Sanchez (CAN/USA) d. (1) Hlavackova/Safarova (CZE/CZE) 76(6) 64
(4) Barthel/Moulton-Levy (GER/USA) d. C Chan (TPE) / Y Xu (CHN) 61 75
Pliskova/Pliskova (CZE/CZE) d. (WC) Guthrie/Jones (NZL/AUS) 64 61
Order Of Play – Thursday, January 2, 2014
Centre Court (from 12.00hrs)
1. Sachie Ishizu vs. Kirsten Flipkens
2. Kurumi Nara vs. Ana Ivanovic
3. Lauren Davis vs. Jamie Hampton
4. Garbiñe Muguruza vs. Venus Williams (NB 18.30hrs)
5. Fichman/Sanchez vs. Barthel/Moulton-Levy
Court 4 (NB 16.30hrs)
1. Flipkens/Ivanovic vs. Hradecka/Krajicek (after suitable rest)