Venus falls to Suarez Navarro, Petkovic into Miami semis

Tue Mar 31, 2015 11:20pm EDT
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By Simon Evans

MIAMI (Reuters) - Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro came back from a dreadful first set to defeat three-times Miami Open champion Venus Williams 0-6 6-1 7-5 at Key Biscayne on Tuesday and set up a semi-final clash with Germany's ninth seed Andrea Petkovic.

Petkovic booked her place in the last four after a 6-4 6-2 win over 14th seeded Czech Karolina Pliskova.

Williams utterly dominated the first set, crushing the Spaniard 6-0 in less than half an hour but her opponent was able to regroup and battle back in impressive style.

Suddenly regaining her confidence Suarez Navarro won the first four games and went on to take the second set 6-1.

The third set bucked the trend for one-sided exchanges until Suarez Navarro broke to go 5-4 up only for Venus to break back straight away.

The Spaniard won the last two games however to continue an impressive season that has seen her reach two other semi-finals and make the last eight at Indian Wells for the first time.

"It was a crazy match, crazy first two sets. Venus was unbelievable at the beginning. I started a bit nervous but even if you lose the first set you are still in the competition and I am happy with the way I came back," said Suarez Navarro.

Williams said she had struggled to find consistency.   Continued...

Mar 31, 2015; Key Biscayne, FL, USA; Venus Williams reacts to missing a shot against Carla Suarez Navarro (not pictured) on day nine of the Miami Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center. Navarro won 0-6, 6-1, 7-5. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports