Venus Conquers Casey
Published January 23, 2010 12:00
MELBOURNE, Australia - A day of upsets was followed by a day of calm on Saturday. Perhaps the most exciting match of the day involved a home favorite taking on one of the tournament favorites, as Venus Williams held off a valiant challenge from Casey Dellacqua at the 2010 Australian Open.
Williams, the No.6 seed and a former finalist Down Under, took the first set handily before Dellacqua, on the comeback trail from left shoulder surgery last February, kicked it up a notch. She pushed the seven-time Grand Slam champion to a tie-break in the second set and even fended off three match points there before succumbing to the American, 61 76(4).
"It was my third lefty in a row, which is a little unusual," said Williams, who was playing three southpaws in a row for the very first time in her career. "She played really well in the second set. I had a lot of chances to go up breaks at 4-1 or 5-2, and she just hung in there and kept playing tough. That kind of play and experience will serve her well throughout the year and her career."
Williams was joined on the winners list by No.7 seed Victoria Azarenka, No.9 seed Vera Zvonareva, No.13 seed Samantha Stosur, No.16 seed Li Na, No.17 seed Francesca Schiavone and last but not least, No.1 seed Serena Williams, who beat No.32 seed Carla Suárez Navarro earlier in the day, 60 63. Read more about Serena's win over the young Spaniard here.
Schiavone was the only upset artist of Day 6 of the year's first Grand Slam tournament, taking out No.10 seed Agnieszka Radwanska, 62 62.