Venus rises again to win in Charleston

Wed Apr 2, 2014 11:32pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Venus Williams, battling a mystery bug and a dogged opponent who refused to lie down, advanced to the third round of the Family Circle Cup in Charleston on Wednesday.

A day after her younger sister Serena was surprisingly beaten at the South Carolina event, Williams kept the family flag flying with a 7-5 7-5 victory over South African Chanelle Scheepers.

It was anything but easy for the 33-year-old Williams, who won the tournament a decade ago but has struggled with health issues in recent years.

She trailed 3-1 in the opening set then 4-1 in the second but fought back each time to seal victory in an hour and 50 minutes.

"She was playing so well, but good thing is that when I get behind, I give even more effort and get even more focused," Williams told reporters.

"(Playing from behind) is something you really have to do to win big matches."

The next opponent for Williams is rising Canadian star Eugenie Bouchard.

The biggest surprise on Wednesday was the defeat of Sloane Stephens. Seeded fifth, she fell to a 6-4 6-4 loss to Ukrainian teenager Elina Svitolina.

"I was waiting for this win a long time," said the 19-year-old Svitolina.   Continued...

Mar 23, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Venus Williams hits a forehand against Casey Dellacqua (not pictured) on day seven of the Sony Open at Crandon Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports - RTR3I9U6