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Makes you think that anything is possible in few days time
Injured Venus Overcomes Brandi
Wednesday, 16 January, 2002
No.2 seed Venus Williams won her second round match at the 2002 Australian Open virtually on one leg, downing fellow American Kristina Brandi 6-3 6-4 Wednesday night on Rod Laver Arena. But her hopes have dimmed of securing a third straight Grand Slam to add to the 2001 Wimbledon and US Open titles, due to painful tendinitis which flared in her left knee just 20 minutes before the match.
"I was just really fortunate tonight," said a subdued Venus. "God's blessed me to get through this round."
Wearing a bandage on her left knee, Williams was clearly restricted on serve and in her movement around the court. She landed just 47 per cent of her first serves and, in a bid to shorten points, whacked 36 unforced errors to 31 winners.
Between points, she walked around slowly and gingerly. Throughout the match, Venus admitted, she was "real nervous" about whether she would finish it. "I was hoping I could put a little extra mustard on the ball," she explained of her decision to take to the court. "If I was playing a top player I think the chances (of playing at all) would have been very slim. If my dad was here, he probably would've talked me out of it."
Having beaten Brandi before, Williams felt she was in with a chance. There was another motivation: "Serena wasn't able to play [due to an ankle injury], so I just had to give it my all and hang around a little longer."
It speaks volumes for Venus's game and competitive spirit that, even hobbled, she made it through a Grand Slam match in 58 minutes. "Tonight, every point meant so much to me," she said.
Venus first battled with tendinitis of the left knee as long ago as April 1998. Later that year it forced her withdrawal from the season-ending championship. "Old pains revisit you at the most inopportune times," she dryly remarked.
Venus's third-round opponent, the young Slovak Daniela Hantuchova, will be a stiffer challenge for Venus than was the steady Brandi. The last of 32 seeds here, the tall 18-year-old today blitzed Italy's Tathiana Garbin for the loss of just two games. "I'll take some time tomorrow and hope for the best. You never know," said a hopeful Venus.