Indian Wells: Venus Williams Cruises Into Fourth Round


Venus Williams advanced into the fourth round in Indian Wells with a 6-2 7-5 win over qualifier, Christina McHale.

The 38-year-old, who beat Petra Kvitova in the last round after being a set and a double break down, lost the first game on serve after two double faults.

She won the next five games and took the set. The American then came from 3-1 down to wrap the match in one hour and 25 minutes when McHale committed double fault.

Williams will face world number 97, Mona Barthel, who beat Julia Goerges.

Her younger sister, Serena, had withdrawn from the competition on Monday while on court against Spanish top seed, Garbine Muguruza.

She cited illness, dizziness and fatigue.

Meanwhile, in the men’s draw, third seed Alexander Zverev lost to fellow German and world number 55, Jan Lennard-Struff, 6-3 6-1.

Struff will play Milos Raonic in the fourth round. The Canadian battled back from a set down in the Deciding set to beat American qualifier, Marcos Giron, 4-6 6-4 6-4.

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