NEW YORK (AP) - Two points from defeat, Sara Errani rallied to force a third-set tiebreaker and outlasted Venus Williams in a back-and-forth match at the U.S. Open.
Errani won 6-0, 0-6, 7-6 (5) in the third round Friday after Williams had a chance to serve out the match in the final set.
Williams twice came back from down a break in the third but was done in by too many unforced errors. She had 52 in the match.
Errani, seeded 13th, next faces 121st-ranked qualifier Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, who stunned second-seeded Simona Halep 7-6 (6), 6-2. The 32-year-old Lucic-Baroni hadn't made a Grand Slam round of 16 since 1999.
Up 5-3 in the third set, the 19th-seeded Williams had one of her eight double-faults as she failed to close out the victory.
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