(August 27, 2014) FLUSHING MEADOWS – Nineteenth seed Venus Williams is into the US open third round for the first time in four years, stopping Switxerland’s Timea Bacsinszky 6-1, 6-4.
The 2000-2001 US Open champion who at 34 is the oldest woman left in the draw had been eliminated in the second round three straight years.
“I’m happy,” said Williams. “I won a match again. Finally I did something I couldn’t do the last couple years. That’s good stuff.
“I feel like I’m playing well. I feel like I play my best when my opponent pushes me really. Once we start to, you know, really start to get into a slugfest, I feel like I really relax. Sometimes I feel like when they aren’t pushing me as much maybe I’m a little too passive at times. I don’t know. But I do feel like, you know, when things get tight, I feel like I can rely on myself to compete really well. So that’s a good feeling.”
Next up for the 7-time major champion will be Sara Errani, a former French Open finalist. Williams says she’s ready for the challenge.
“Really just focus because she’s so focused,” Williams said. “She does everything well on the court clearly, because she’s a great singles player and a doubles player. Every time I’ve played her, I’ve had to be focused on every single point, because she does not let up on any point no matter what the score is. If she’s down 5-Love, 40-Love and never won a game in the match, she is in there still to win the match. That’s my main thing: to stay focused and play my game.”