Court Report: Venus into Indian Wells QFs for first time since 2001

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Each day on TENNIS.com, we’ll feature Tennis Channel’s Court Report, a rundown of the day that was in the sport—along with our thoughts on what’s happening on the courts around the world.

For the first time since 2001, Venus Williams is into the BNP Paribas Open quarterfinals.

The 36-year-old had a difficult time with qualifier Shuai Peng, dropping the first set 6-3. But never out of a match, the seven-time Grand Slam champion rebounded to take the next two sets, 6-1, 6-3, to move into the final eight.

Williams played rather all-or-nothing tennis, her 40 winners equaling her 40 unforced errors. Trailing 3-2 in the deciding set, the American rattled off the final four games to complete the comeback.

Williams will play Elena Vesnina in the next round.

Venus wasn’t the only American who had a huge day in the California desert. Donald Young reached the fourth round of Indian Wells with a 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 upset of 14th-seeded Frenchman Lucas Pouille.

Young, who reached the semifinals in Memphis and Delray Beach last month, saved five break points—and broke the world No. 15 three times—in a match that lasted 1 hour and 47 minutes. The 27-year-old avoided a massive collapse when he finally clinched the match on his seventh match point.

Rankings-wise, this was Young’s best win since October of 2015, when he edged then-No. 12 Kevin Anderson in Basel.

The world No. 60 will play fourth-seeded Kei Nishikori for a spot in the quarterfinals. Nishikori beat Gilles Muller, 6-2, 6-2, on Tuesday. 




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