Love -- It wasn't pretty*. No, that's being too kind. It wasn't watchable. Regardless, Venus Williams survived a match point and a third-set tiebreaker, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5) over Alexsandra Wozniak on Sunday to advance to the third round of the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne. There were unforced errors, choked points and so much time between serves that Rafael Nadal was probably all, "these ladies are taking forever." None of that matters though. Venus Williams advanced in a three-hour match and showed that she could be a force at Wimbledon and the Olympics.
* Nor were those shorts.
15 -- Ho, hum. Victoria Azarenka won her 25th match in a row. Next up is Dominika Cibulkova, then the winner of Marion Bartoli and Maria Kirilenko. Anyone else getting the feeling Vika will enter the clay court season like Novak Djokovic did last year?
30 -- John Isner follows up his finals appearance at Indian Wells with a lethargic 6-4, 6-2 loss to Florian Mayer. The American has few points to defend until Wimbledon so his top-10 ranking isn't going anywhere. He'll need to consolidate in winnable matches if he wants to maintain a constant presence near the top and make a run at the World Tour Finals in November.
40 -- Serena Williams and Sam Stosur meet in a rematch of the 2011 US Open final at 1 PM EDT on Monday. Is it too much to ask to get Eva Asderaki in the chair?
Game -- Also on the schedule for Monday: Roger Federer vs. Andy Roddick and Venus Williams vs. Ana Ivanovic.
- Venus Williams
- Rafael Nadal
- Victoria Azarenka
- Dominika Cibulkova