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.
Saved forever. pic.twitter.com/QKtrgoIbQY
— Curtis (@Curtos07) February 19, 2014
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.