INDIAN WELLS, CA - MARCH 11: Venus Williams watches her forehand in her win over Jelena Jankovic during the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 11, 2017 in Indian Wells, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Williams Comes Back from the Brink of Defeat in Fine Fashion

INDIAN WELLS, Calif -- Venus Williams came from a set and 4-1 in the second to advance to the third round at the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday. Williams recovered from 6-1, 4-1 down against her long-time rival Jelena Jankovic to take the second-round match 1-6, 7-6(5), 6-1.

Williams was having trouble holding serve in the first set and the beginning part of the second set and she found herself two games away from elimination. However, she managed to gain the break back to even the score 4-4. She then broke again to go up 4-5 but Jankovic wasn't ready to concede the match as she broke back to even the set 5-5. They sent the set to the tie-breaker where Williams dominated, closing out the set 7-6(5).

In the third set, it was all Williams as she went up 4-0. Jankovic was able to salvage one of the breaks but the 36-year-old broke back and then served out the match in fine fashion.

The American seemed to be struggling with an arm injury.

"Yeah, I definitely wasn't able to do everything I wanted to," confessed Williams. "Took me some time to kind of get my head around that. It was good to get throughthe match. And I'm not on the schedule tomorrow and just try to get ready for Monday."

Despite dealing with the injury issue, she focussed on the match, one point at a time.

"I think just trying to getfocused. You know, you have to get disciplined and just try to, you know, try to just deal with what's at hand and trying to use the tools you have on this particular day.

"So I think just wrapping your head around all that waswhat I was trying to do."

Williams next faces Lucie Safarova, who came from a set down to defeat Coco Vandeweghe 4-6, 6-4, 6-1.

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