Stars Align For Venus: Venus Williams Beats Martina Hingis In A Thriller
by Tripp Mateschitz, venustennis.com correspondent
May 4, 2006
Venus Williams' stars aligned in Warsaw, Poland today as Williams of the USA defeated Martina Hingis of Switzerland 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 in the second round of the J&S Cup at Warsaw, Poland. Not Williams' 80 errors or cramps in both of her legs could stop Venus from rising. In a heart-stopping drama, Venus Williams fought back from 6-4, 2-0 down to pull even 4-6, 7-5 before leaving the court briefly for an injury time out.
In the third set it appeared Venus might quit or give up, unable to walk hardly with cramps in both legs, but she fought on, determined to win. Martina Hingis from reports played a perfect clay court game, waiting for Venus' errors. But Venus was able to hit from the reports we are getting 40 or more winners including several aces.
Venus had also been taking medication for a throat infection but grunted loudly with her groundstrokes nevermind. Strong winds swirled around the court but could not stop Williams' power game. Two hours and thirty-eight minutes later, Venus was still standing, but barely.
Venus from reports attacked Hingis' slow serves and kept her off balance with power groundstrokes. In the end Venus finished the match hitting hard and going for winners to try to end the points quickly. Hingis had been favored by many reports to win the match due to the clay surface which favors Hingis. Remarkable that Venus Williams was able to win playing this brand of tennis on clay while injured.