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Venus Williams rallies to advance at Miami Open

AFP  |  Miami 

Seven-time Grand Slam champion stormed back from deficits in both sets to defeat 7-5, 6-4 in the second round of

The 37-year-old American improved to 7-3 on the season as she clinched the victory on the second match point when the 21-year-old Russian smacked a forehand wide.

Williams trailed 2-5 in the first set but won five straight games to take the opener. She also rallied in the second set, falling behind 0-3 before winning six of the next seven for the victory.

Williams advances to the third round where she will face 29th seeded Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands, who outlasted American 5-7, 7-6 (7/5), 6-1.

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First Published: Sat, March 24 2018. 10:30 IST