KEY BISCAYNE, Florida - Venus Williams saved a match point and rallied yesterday to outlast Aleksandra Wozniak 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5) in the third round of the Miami Masters.
Williams is playing in her first tournament since withdrawing from the U.S. Open last August after being diagnosed with a fatigue-causing autoimmune disease. The three-set victory was her second in less than 48 hours and took nearly three hours.
Wozniak served for the match at 5-4 in the final set, but dumped a forehand in the net when she had a match point. The tiebreaker swung Williams' way when she smacked an overhead that clipped the net cord before landing softly for a winner and a 4-2 lead. Her final shot was a 119-mph service winner.
Among the top-seeded men in Miami, no. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France beat no. 32 Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany 6-4, 7-6 (2 ), while Serbia's no. 9 Janko Tipsarevic beat 18th seed Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine 6-4, 5-7, 6-2.
Unseeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria upset seventh seed Czech Tomas Berdych 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.
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