INDIAN WELLS, CA, USA
Venus Williams' second trip to the bnp Paribas open since 2001 is quickly bearing fruit as the australian open runner-up rolled past former World No.5 lucie safarova, 6-4, 6-2.
"I really, really, really, really want to do well here!" she exclaimed during her on-court interview. "I'm from California, and I love the hardcourts. This is an opportunity for me to shine at home, so I'm going for it."
"I felt really pretty good off the ground," she added in her post-match press conference. "This court is tricky as the ball stops, so a lot of the times you're not hitting the ball where you think you're going to hit it. So it definitely takes adjustments.