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Venus Williams Wimbledon

June 27, 2011 by staff 

Venus Williams WimbledonVenus Williams Wimbledon, Venus and Serena Williams were eliminated in the fourth round of Wimbledon on Monday for the first time in five years or sister playing in the quarterfinals at the All England Club.
Defending champion and four-time winner Serena was the first to go, beaten 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) by France’s Marion Bartoli, cutting back the U.S. Grand Slam after almost a year with serious health problems.
The older sister and five times champion Venus was ousted 6-2, 6-3 by Tsvetana Pironkova – the exact the same Bulgarian quarterfinal win last year.

Was also eliminated top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki, who fell 1-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5 to No. 24 Dominika Cibulkova in the last failed attempt to win her first Danish Grand Slam title.

Serena, who won four times at the All England Club, saved four match points before the French ninth seed, ended the contest by hitting a service winner in the corner. That was the first departure from Williams at Wimbledon since losing in the third round in 2005.

Bartoli in the Wimbledon final in 2007, losing to Venus Serena’s older sister.

Serena missed nearly a year after foot surgery and subsequent blood clots in her lungs. She returned two weeks ago at Eastbourne for the first time since winning the Wimbledon title in 2010.

Serena had 20 unforced errors Monday to go with 29 winners and managed to convert only one of five break points. Bartoli served 10 aces, two more than Serena, and kept their errors to 17.

It was the first time U.S. has defeated Bartoli in straight sets after losing their previous two games.

“The defeat of Serena is almost like a dream come true,” Bartoli said. “Although he did not play for almost a year, which is probably one of the greatest champions in women’s tennis.

“For me, being able to return after having three match points and losing the game 6-5, and still be able to recover, it is really huge.”

In men’s play, fourth-seeded Andy Murray moved into the quarterfinals playing Frenchman Richard Gasquet 7-6 (7-3), 6-3, 6-2 – then bowed deeply the Royal Box, where Prince William and his new girlfriend, Kate joined the rest of the crowd to give the British won a standing ovation.

Murray, who has made the semifinals the last two years, is trying to become the first Briton to win the title at the All England Club since Fred Perry in 1936.

Novak Djokovic advanced to the quarterfinals by beating Michael Llodra of France 6-3, 6-3, 6-3. Champion Australian Open twice, which can replace Rafael Nadal as the man best positioned in the world by reaching the final, lost in the semifinals last year.

Djokovic will face Australian teenager Bernard Tomic, a qualifier who beat Xavier Malisse at the beginning of the day.

Tomic, 18 downed Malisse 6-1, 7-5, 6-4 to become the youngest man to make the quarterfinals at Wimbledon since Boris Becker in 1986.

The winners of the women was 2004 champion Maria Sharapova, who reached the quarterfinals here for the first time in five years, beating Peng Shuai 6-4 6-2 in a sweltering day.

Sharapova started slowly before winning seven straight games to take command against the twenty-seeded Chinese player in a match early on court 2. The Russian major hits with 27 winners and 10 unforced errors.

The game was played on the field with temperatures measured at 93 degrees, and Sharapova covered her legs with ice wrapped in a towel for the changes.

Sharapova faces Cibulkova of Slovakia.

“Last year I lost in the fourth round to Serena and this year I am in the quarterfinals and I am giving you the chance to go further on, so I’m very happy about it,” said Sharapova. “I have to be a little realistic about the fact that I have not passed the fourth round in a few years. This is a step forward.”

The first woman to pass the quarter was the fourth-seeded Victoria Azarenka, who beat Nadia Petrova 6-2, 6-2. German wildcard Sabine Lisicki reached the quarterfinals for the second time, the demolition Petra Cetkovska 7-6 (7-3), 6-1. No. 8 Petra Kvitova, a semifinalist here last year, needed just 45 minutes to defeat No. 19 Yanina Wickmayer 6-0, 6-2.

Tamira Paszek, an Austrian ranked 80th, beat another player in 20 years of age – Ksenia Pervak?? Russia – 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 to win their first Grand Slam quarterfinal berth.

Sharapova said the searing heat on Monday, after a first week marked by frequent rains and low temperatures made it “like playing a completely different tournament.”

“You see everyone put sunscreen on and had the ice pack out today,” he said. “I’m used to it. I grew up in Florida and still live there and train there. I’m used to humidity, so it really helped me.”

Centre Court, William and Kate – who married on April 29 – received a warm ovation from the crowd as they took their seats in the front row of the royal box in time for the match Murray. In keeping with the theme of Wimbledon-white dress, Kate was wearing a grayish-white, knee-length dress. William wore a blue suit. St. James’ Palace said the couple was at the All England Club “private.” The palace said Kate is an avid tennis fan and has been to Wimbledon, “a number of times.” Queen Elizabeth II arrived at Wimbledon last year for her first visit in 33 years. Open Monday presented the busiest day at the Grand Slam of tennis – the 16 men and women in the fourth round matches.

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