According to many experts, Venus Williams was primed to win her first Australian Open title. She did some serious training for it in the off-season, and she has been playing extremely well. I also considered her a major contender.
But in the second round, Williams faced one of those players who is very, very talented, but also very streaky. On a good day, Carla Suarez Navarro can do just about anything, and yesterday, she had a good day, coming back from 1-4 in the third set, and saving a match point. She defeated Williams 2-6, 6-3, 7-5.
Venus's sister had her work cut out for her, too, playing a determined and aggressive Gisela Dulko, and dealing with a hurt ankle. She got through, thanks to Dulko's nerves and her own champion's attitude, but now there are questions: How is the ankle? Can she lift the level of her game? Her next opponent is Peng Shuai, and that should be a win for her, but after that, she faces either Vicotoria Azarenka or Amelie Mauresmo.