After a dozen years, Rebecca Marina meets Venus again – and conquers her (video) – Open Court

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – It wasn’t a match oil picture, to say the least.

But Canada’s Rebecca Marino, a disaffected 19-year-old when she first met Venus Williams at Arthur Ashe Stadium more than a decade ago, finally got her back on Tuesday night at the Citi Open in Washington, DC.

Williams was playing her first singles match after losing in the first round to Hsieh Su-Wei at a minor tournament in Chicago. It was almost a year ago, a week before the US Open.

And while she looked a lot better – fitter, moved better – than she did then, Marino’s current good form prevailed in a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 victory that sent her into the second round.

Marina said Williams hit better and moved better than she expected. And, of course, there is always a premium competitor in the now 42-year-old man.

Here’s what else the Canadian said after the match.

Lots of UE, not much W

92 unforced errors were committed in this match. Balanced with 13 Marino winners and just eight from Williams.

It was a match that Williams could very well have won. Because she was playing with an opponent of a similar style, who was not going to run around the court with her and engage in long draws.

And, in fact, she almost did.

The other day, Marina recalled how she was not at all nervous when she stepped into the Arthur Ashe Stadium against the legend in her first Grand Slam main draw in 2010.

It’s been a lot of water under the bridge since then. And this time, Marino admitted to a considerable amount of nerves.

But when she held back mistakes, she dictated. And while Williams, who looked like her energy was fading during the match, pulled off some big serves and some strong forehands at crucial moments later in the match, she gave up a hard-earned break in the third set.

And as soon as everything returned to equality, it was felt that Marina – her body language is determined and positive – would win.

She will play either No. 8 seed Clara Tosson or Andrea Petkovic on Wednesday.

After a dozen years, Rebecca Marina meets Venus again – and conquers her (video) – Open Court

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