Caroline Wozniacki

Venus Williams can't catch a break late and loses at BNP Paribas Open

Venus Williams can't catch a break late and loses at BNP Paribas Open

Lethargic Thursday night in losing the first set of her quarterfinal match against Elena Vesnina, Venus Williams suddenly began moving her feet and fighting back with fierce forehands in the second set at Indian Wells.

This was something different for Vesnina. Her rhythm was thrown off and her strategy crumbled as the crowd at Stadium 1 began to pull for sentimental favorite Williams.

Vesnina had seen this movie before, the one where Williams overcomes adversity to stage an improbable comeback. In fact, the 30-year-old Russian saw it as recently as in Williams’ second-round match here at the BNP Paribas Open, when Williams saved three match points. Vesnina wasn’t eager to...

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