Venus stunned by Suarez Navarro
Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:15
Suarez Navarro, the world number 46, is playing for the first time in Melbourne – but she showed few signs of nerves against her more illustrious opponent in their second-round clash.
Her reward for a famous victory is a clash with compatriot Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez.
Williams, who reached the quarter-finals in Melbourne last year, was in complete control in the opening set, breaking the Spanish 20-year-old in the first and fifth games.
But Suarez Navarro stole a march on the number six seed in the second by taking a 3-0 lead as Williams’ concentration appeared to desert her.
The 28-year-old American broke back to make it 4-3 but then promptly threw away her own service game to give Suarez Navarro the opportunity to serve for the set, which she did at the second attempt.
The third set went with serve until the fourth game when Williams gained the advantage. She was then forced to work hard to hold her own serve to gain a 4-1 lead.
The next break came in the ninth game when a stunning winner down the line got the Spaniard back to 5-4 and she went on to save match point on her own serve to level at 5-5.
Suarez Navarro retained her composure and broke in the next game before serving out the match.