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LeBron James — er, Venus Williams — advances at Dubai Championships

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Venus Williams

Venus Williams had no trouble against Ana Ivanovic on Wednesday. (Marwan Naamani/AFP/Getty Images)

Venus Williams needed only 56 minutes to dismiss No. 12 Ana Ivanovic 6-2, 6-1 in the second round of the Dubai Championships on Wednesday.

With her best victory of the season, the 44th-ranked Williams avenged a three-set loss to Ivanovic in the ASB Classic final last month. In fact, setting aside a victory over then-No. 2 Victoria Azarenka at the Pan Pacific Open last September (Azarenka was shockingly bad in that match), this was Williams’ biggest win since defeating 10th-ranked Sara Errani at the Western & Southern Open in August 2012.

So how good was Venus on Tuesday? So good that the Dubai tournament Twitter feed mistook her for four-time NBA MVP LeBron James.

The tournament quickly deleted the tweet and chalked it up to an Instagram glitch, but nothing escapes the quick-fingered screencappers of the world.

Williams will face fellow thirtysomething Flavia Pennetta in the next round. No. 22 Pennetta, who had to qualify for the main draw, upset No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 6-1.

  • Published On Feb 19, 2014
  • 4 comments
    saveserves2371
    saveserves2371

    Sounds like it could have been a blind, racist nutjob who did that. Sharapova is taller than Venus and so is Lindsay Davenport. Venus does not look like LeBron James any more than Sharapova or Davenport look like Larry Bird.

    GOSFIELD
    GOSFIELD

    Great to see you in good form Venus. It's been a long uphill struggle. We wish you and your family all the best.

    saveserves2371
    saveserves2371

    Wonderful job, Venus! Hope to see you and Serena play one another in this final and in major finals again as well! Btw, you and Serena look great. Fit, trim, and healthy. We love you and the rest of your family.

    Brioc
    Brioc

    Congrats, Venus!