2009 US Open Tennis: Venus Williams digs deep to defeat Vera Dushevina
Venus Williams defeated Vera Dushevina 6-7 7-5 6-3 in a first-round marathon at the U.S. Open 2009.
Williams was down a set and a service break before getting back on track.
“I had a lot of help from the fans here,” Williams said.
“I felt so much energy from everyone when I was serving to stay in the match in the second set. It feels good to play at home.”
Venus won the final three games of the second set and first four of the decider against the Russian.
Three games into the match Williams was forced to take an injury break because of nagging tendinitis in her left knee. She emerged with the knee wrapped and played tentatively until her power game resurfaced midway through the second set.
“I’m not one to complain,” she said. “Everyone has injuries they’re dealing with. I did my best tonight despite anything I was going through.
“In the next round, I’m just going to do my best to get prepared.”
Dushevina had Williams on the ropes but was unable to land the knockout punch.
“She played so well,” said Williams. “She moved so well. She did so many things so well today.”
Williams committed 54 unforced errors and had 10 double faults but won the match in two hours and 43-minutes to set up a second-round match against Bethanie Mattek-Sands.
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