Venus Williams’ Victory
June 23, 2011 by staff
Venus Williams’ Victory, After 15 years of coming to play in the All England Club, Venus Williams knows what it takes to get by a tough game on the biggest stage in tennis. Although only returned to tournament play last week after an absence of five months with a hip injury, Williams 31 years old, summoned all her experience and savvy of the great rallying point for a three-set victory in the Center Court kept on fighting for a sixth Wimbledon title.
“In terms of age feeling, I definitely feel the experience of all this, and I think that’s very important to me,” Williams said after overcoming 40-year-old Japanese player Kimiko Date Krumm, 6-7 (6), 6 -3, 8-6 in almost three hours Wednesday to advance to the third round.
“Experience is very important in the field, because that is what really leads to victory, plus the ability and everything else. In any case, that’s definitely an advantage.”
In a match played in torrential rain the roof over Centre Court, Williams lost 5-1 in the first set before fighting her way back against a brave opponent, who pushed her on the court.
The first set lasted 65 minutes, the third was 69 minutes. Overall, the game lasted 2 hours, 56 minutes. In comparison, Williams won her first match against Akgul Amanmuradova on Monday in 59 minutes.
Williams came up with big serves when I needed to date, Krumm, the second oldest woman to reach the second round here in the Open era after Martina Navratilova.
“More than anything I’ve learned that I am very competitive,” said Williams. “It just does not matter what the score, very positive. Just keep fighting.”
It was the first time that two players – who have a combined age of 71 – have met in her long career.
The ranking of 57 Date-Krumm was a setback Wednesday, hitting flat groundstrokes and sneak into the net whenever he could for downloads soft landing.
“She played unbelievable today,” said Williams. “I thought today was a perfect storm for her to try to get a win. Fortunately, I had some answers.” Date, Krumm made her debut at Wimbledon in 1989, reached the semifinals in 1996 and retired later that year until her return in 2008.
“I played my tennis and (sample) that can fight with Venus, too,” he said. “She is a five-time champion here. She is a great player. So you can fight it. It was a very, very good for me.”
Williams is the other half of the draw of her sister Serena, a four-time champion, who sobbed with relief after winning her first round match on Tuesday in her return to Grand Slam tennis after almost a year with health problems.
“I think she proved that once you’re a champion, you’re always a champion,” Venus said her younger brother. “Regardless of what happened off the court, he still believes in itself. … I do not think anyone ever understand what happened.”
The tournament is a dozen games late due to rain delays, with more rain forecast Thursday.
The roof guarantees playing on Centre Court, ie, fifth-seeded Robin Soderling carried out Thursday against champion Lleyton Hewitt 2002. French Open champion Li Na of China against Sabine Lisicki and six-time winner Roger Federer against Adrian Mannarino of France will follow that.
The Tribunal has a fixture of Novak Djokovic, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and 2004 champion Maria Sharapova.
Serena Williams is scheduled to play on the court 2 against Romanian Simona Halep. Top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki also is on court 2, against Virginie Razzano.
Other winners Wednesday included men defender Rafael Nadal, fourth-seeded Andy Murray and three-time finalist Andy Roddick. They won convincingly in straight sets.
The roof remained above the central track of Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 Ryan Sweeting of the United States.
“The Wimbledon Centre Court with the roof or without roof, is probably the best stadium in the world,” said Nadal.
Nadal will next face Gilles Muller of Luxembourg, who advanced after Canadian Milos Raonic retired with a hip injury while leading 3-2 in the first set on Wednesday.
Muller is the only man other than Federer beat Nadal at the All England Club since 2005. Six years ago defeated the Spanish Muller 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the second round. Nadal is 28-2 at Wimbledon since losing twice in the final against Federer.
“It was a long time (ago), but he beat me,” Nadal said of Muller. “Gilles is a very dangerous player. He has a very good service, good volley. It’s all very dangerous player in this type of surface. So it will be difficult game for me.”
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