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Venus Williams still has the confidence

Venus Williams still has the confidence

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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."

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Good for her. She has another match to help her get back into the groove. If she wins that one, then she should be in good shape for Maria.
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I love that "hold, break, hold it's even"

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Yes Venus keep coming to the net!!

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I love that "hold, break, hold it's even"
That actually reminds me of the time that Lindsay played Venus at the LA tournament in 04.
She was down 5-0 but she wasn't letting it get to her.
Lindsay just kept on attacking Venus' forehand and finally it gave way.

If I'm either Maria, I would be worried about a very confident Venus.

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Good win Vee! I'm glad your feeling more confidence in your game!

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"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."
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That actually reminds me of the time that Lindsay played Venus at the LA tournament in 04.
She was down 5-0 but she wasn't letting it get to her.
Lindsay just kept on attacking Venus' forehand and finally it gave way.

If I'm either Maria, I would be worried about a very confident Venus.
I'd be worried about almost anyone right now...her serve has destroyed the rest of her game.
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Great news, I know Venus said the same thing "hold break hold" at the French last year against Laine.

Maria better get working on her serve and her confidence. I want a good match!

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That actually reminds me of the time that Lindsay played Venus at the LA tournament in 04.
She was down 5-0 but she wasn't letting it get to her.
Lindsay just kept on attacking Venus' forehand and finally it gave way.

If I'm either Maria, I would be worried about a very confident Venus.
Her wrist is what gave way, isnt it?


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Her wrist is what gave way, isnt it?
That's what I was finna say, cause even with a bad forehand Venus wasn't giving up no 7 games straight to Lindsay.

Really, don't even look at me...
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That actually reminds me of the time that Lindsay played Venus at the LA tournament in 04.
She was down 5-0 but she wasn't letting it get to her.
Lindsay just kept on attacking Venus' forehand and finally it gave way.

If I'm either Maria, I would be worried about a very confident Venus.
Oh please,
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If I'm either Maria, I would be worried about a very confident Venus.
If I'm either Maria, the only thing I'm worried about is hitting it hard, and keeping it deep. Short balls and lsow shots will simply be a summary execution.

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That actually reminds me of the time that Lindsay played Venus at the LA tournament in 04.
She was down 5-0 but she wasn't letting it get to her.
Lindsay just kept on attacking Venus' forehand and finally it gave way.

If I'm either Maria, I would be worried about a very confident Venus.
The fact that Venus could barely hold her racquet because of a bum wrist had a little something to do with that, you know. Props to Lindsay, though, for not freezing up against an injured opponent. Some players honestly don't know what to do in that situation.

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That's what I was finna say, cause even with a bad forehand Venus wasn't giving up no 7 games straight to Lindsay.
Very true................I watched that match and Venus was blasting davenport away. Up to 5-0 she was hitting both forehand and backhand winners. After 5-0 something happent to her wrist and the match was gone for Venus
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