Venus enjoys short commute, rides into fourth round
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. — Venus Williams, a three-time champion seeded No. 29, has won 54 matches on the island of Key Biscayne. She considers the Sony Open her home event, because she lives an hour away in Palm Beach Gardens.
Her latest victory, over Casey Dellacqua on Sunday in the third round, took 2 hours.
"I love being here," she said after defeating the wild card Dellacqua 6-4, 5-7, 6-4. "I wanted to play Monday."
Venus Williams overcame 44 unforced errors, with 11 aces helping her cause.
Williams’ next opponent will be No. 10 Dominika Cibulkova, who beat No. 22 Alice Cornet 7-6 (6), 6-1.
Li Na overcame three set points to overtake American Madison Keys 7-6 (3), 6-3. The No. 2-seeded Li, the reigning Australian Open champion, won even though she had seven double-faults and was broken four times.
Keys failed to convert her set points serving at 5-3 in the first set. She also squandered a lead in the second set, when three times she was within a point of going up 3-love against Li.
"She’s No. 2 in the world for a reason," Keys said. "She just won Australian Open for a reason. She’s a great player. I played well at times, and she just played the bigger points really, really well."
Monday’s schedule includes six-time champion Serena Williams against fellow American CoCo Vandeweghe, who rallied past Samantha Stosur 5-7, 7-5, 7-5 in a match that ended at 2:29 a.m. Sunday.
Vandeweghe has never previously been beyond the first round at Key Biscayne.