Venus Williams still has the confidence
By Bill Scott
Miami (dpa) - Venus Williams didn't let a slow start interfere with her momentum as she powered back to post a 7-5, 6-2 first-round comeback Thursday over Yuliana Fedak in a successful start at the Miami Masters.
Williams, playing for the first time since winning last month at Memphis, sent her opponent to a sixth consecutive defeat.
Despite 31 unforced errors in the opening set, former number 1 Williams said her confidence never flagged.
"At four-love, I was thinking hold, break, hold, it's even," she said. "I felt really confident. I didn't feel like it was a set for me to lose. It was definitely a set I could win, just keep some balls in."
Once in control, Williams worked her magic on the 88th-ranked outsider, who last won a match in early January.
The American who claimed 1998, 1999 and 2001 Miami trophies improved to 34-5 at the venue.
Williams, ranked 39th, said she relied on experience from her last tournament victory to to through.
"I was playing really great in Memphis, to be honest. I wasn't exactly at that level today, but I think I was doing a lot of good things I was doing in Memphis, like moving forward," she said.
"At the net, my volleys are very good right now. So definitely I'll take my inspiration from Memphis to this tournament."