It wasn’t a work of art from Venus in her match against Jelena Jankovic. She hit 56 unforced errors and had 8 double-faults. But when it came to a deciding third-set tiebreaker, she played her best tennis of the night.
“I felt really strong in the tiebreak, I felt fairly fresh,” she said, “and I stopped missing, so that helped.”
By contrast, Jankovic made errors at the key point and said she was so nervous that when she spoke to the crowd afterwards her voice was shaking.
Venus will need to play that type of tennis for three sets against Justine Henin is she’s to avoid her sister’s fate.
“I really, really want it,” said Venus. “I’m doing everything for it.”