Indian Wells: Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams saved three match points en route to a 1-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-1 victory over old foe Jelena Jankovic on Saturday to reach the third round at Indian Wells.
Williams, playing her second tournament since a scintillating run to the Australian Open final where she was beaten by her sister Serena, looked headed for the exit as she trailed by a set and a break for 1-3 in the second set.
She broke Jankovic twice to take a 5-4 lead, but the Serb veteran, like Williams a former world number one, broke in the 10th game to knot the set at 5-5.
"Jelena and I have had so many epic matches," said Williams, who evened her head-to-head record with Jankovic at seven wins apiece. "There was a lot of history out there with us."
The key she said, was not surrendering."It ain't over til it's over," she said. "And I didn't see no fat lady singing."