The World Number 38, Venus Williams is through to the second round of the premiere American Double Sunshine swing at the Indian Wells 2019. Despite not being in the right posture to play, the 38-year-old American saw off the German Andrea Petkovic 6-4,0-6,6-3 in the opening round of the BNP Paribas Open.
After her first win at the Indian Wells 2019, Venus was dumbstruck under the breezy sun of the Californian desert. “I don’t know honestly. I’m still trying to figure it out,” the oldest player in the WTA Top 100 addressed the crowd at Palm Springs. “Every day is not your best day but that doesn’t mean the heart and desire aren’t there.”
During the off-season, Williams and the director of the Royal Palm Tennis Club, Eric Hechtman were working together. He was present in the box of Venus Williams, while she was playing her opening round battle against the German in the Indian Wells 2019. However, the duo has not made any official statements about their league and Hechtman is expected to be the part of Venus’ team and continue his venture in her box. In December 2018, Venus Williams concluded her 11-year-old alliance with her coach David Witt. It was an emotional moment for both of them when they were parting ways.
In the following round at the Indian Wells 2019, Venus Williams has a tough battle lined up. She will be facing this year’s Australian Open and the Dubai championship finalist, Petra Kvitova from the Czech Republic. In the battle of the former Wimbledon champions, Kvitova leads 4-2 in their head-to-head tally and they previously met in the quarterfinals at the Flushing Meadows in 2017 and Venus won in three sets.