Venus, Woz­ni­acki fall at In­dian Wells

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

Elena Ves­nina re­cov­ered after blow­ing three match points to beat Venus Wil­liams 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 and reach the semi­fi­nals of the BNP Paribas Open on Thurs­day night in In­dian Wells, Calif.

Ves­nina staved off six break points in the last game, clos­ing out the 71-minute match with two fore­hand win­ners. Wil­liams over­came three match points on her serve on three straight er­rors by Ves­nina in the eighth game that fea­tured six deuces and lasted for 9½ min­utes.

The 14th-seeded Rus­sian takes on No. 28 seed Kristina Mlade­n­ovic in the semi­fi­nals. Mlade­n­ovic beat Caro­line Woz­ni­acki 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2 to break into the top 20 in the WTA Tour rank­ings for the first time in her ca­reer.

No. 3 Karolina Pliskova and Svet­lana Kuznetsova are set for the other semi­fi­nal.

ODDS AND ENDS

Ski­ing: Tina Weirather turned in a smooth run to win a su­per-G race at the World Cup Fi­nals in Aspen, Colo., and over­take Ilka Stuhec for the sea­son-long crown. The dif­fi­cult course re­sulted in sev­eral crashes, in­clud­ing Lind­sey Vonn hit­ting a panel and slid­ing into the safety nets. She even­tu­ally skied to the fin­ish.

Gym­nas­tics: Steve Penny re­signed as pres­i­dent of USA Gym­nas­tics fol­low­ing in­ten­si­fied pres­sure on the or­ga­ni­za­tion for its han­dling of sex abuse cases. “My de­ci­sion to step aside as CEO is solely to sup­port the best in­ter­ests of USA Gym­nas­tics at this time,” Penny said.

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