NEW YORK, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- The 13th seed Sara Errani defeated Venus Williams 6-0, 0-6, 7-6 (7-5) to advance into U.S. Open round of 16 on Friday.
Williams beat Errani in straight set in all three of their previous meetings, and Errani even failed to manage more than three games in any set. However, Errani was filled with energy at the very beginning of the first set, winning six straight games to claim the set.
Williams got back to her form in the second set, answering her opponent with 6-0.
Williams was 5-2 up in the third set, but Errani kept fighting and tie the score 5-5. The tiebreaker saw a 5-2 lead by Errani, and Williams leveled the score 5-5. Errani won the next two points and finish her big win in the Arthur Ashe Stadium.
"First set I started very good, very aggressive, and I was playing very good," said Errani.
"She didn't put up too many first serves, so maybe that was a bit of the key. And the second set I started a bit down with the legs, not pushing too much on the ball, and she was coming in the court."
Errani was to meet 32-year-old Croat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, who upset second-seeded Simona Halep in the same day.