Like The Phoenix...
Published February 25, 2010 12:00
ACAPULCO, México - Venus Williams seemed down and out but like she has done so many times in the past she overcame, storming back from a hefty 5-1 third set deficit to edge Spain's Laura Pous Tio in the quarterfinals, 46 63 75.
Williams' woes began early on in the match, as she lost 11 straight points from 4-3 up to lose the first set. She regrouped to take the second set but in an instant the tide turned, with Pous Tio racing out to a 5-1 lead in the decider.
But it wasn't over by any means: Williams, the No.1 seed at the event, won six games in a row, punctuating the phenomenal comeback win with an ace.
"It wasn't looking very good for me," Williams said. "She hit shots I couldn't get to - a lot of heavy balls - and I had to find a way against it. Something had to change. But there was never a point in the match where I thought I couldn't win.
"I really have never had that kind of crowd support ever in my life... never anywhere. If I never experience that again, I can remember today."
Awaiting Williams in the semifinals is Edina Gallovits, who beat Sharon Fichman earlier in the day, 75 62. Gallovits will be playing her fourth Sony Ericsson WTA Tour semifinal, all of which have come on clay. The 25-year-old Romanian will be facing Williams for the first time in her career.
The other semifinal should have featured the No.2 and No.3 seeds but now it will be No.5 seed Carla Suárez Navarro against No.8 seed Polona Hercog. Suárez Navarro beat third seed Gisela Dulko, 61 76(4); Hercog won when second seed Agnes Szavay had to retire trailing 64 01 due to a left adductor strain.
"Gisela plays very well on clay so it was a very good win," Suárez Navarro said. "It's hot out there. I felt tired in the second set, but in the end I was able to finish. It's perfect for me to win in two sets so I can be more ready tomorrow."
Suarez Navarro and Hercog will be playing each other for the first time.