Originally published on: 26/02/10 13:02
The American was a 6-0 6-3 winner over Suarez but did not have it all her own way at the Hisense Arena.
The top seed needed eight set points to clinch the first while Suarez made a fist of it in the second by winning three games. However, there was clearly only going to be one winner and Williams moves on to face Australian Sam Stosur in the next round.
Williams seemed set for a first-set whitewash as she strolled to a 5-0 lead with Suarez winning only five points in that time.
The Spaniard came to life then, however, delaying the inevitable in a 23-minute sixth game which saw 13 deuces and seven wasted break points by the American.
Boosted perhaps by that resistence, Suarez’s intelligent shot selection saw her push Williams harder in the second set.
The defending champion displayed her trademark power and stamina, however, taking Suarez could muster and, after breaking her opponent in the third and reaching 5-3, broke the Spaniard again to wrap up the win.