Monday, June 29, 2009

Day 7: Williams Sisters Breeze into Quarters

Wham bam, thank you ma'am. If you could summarize the Williams Sisters performance on Manic Monday at Wimbledon today with one phrase, that would be it.

In a decade that has only witnessed one final that didn't feature at least one of the Williams Sisters (Mauresmo vs. Henin in 2006), the likely scenario appears to be unfolding again, as both sisters rolled easily into the quarters, neither losing a set in the process.

Serena was dominant against unseeded Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova today, and she needed only 56 minutes to close out the 6-3, 6-1 victory. She was able to win 57 of the 87 points that were played in spite of landing only 54 percent of her first serves.

"I have definitely have been solid and playing consistent," said Serena, who like Venus has yet to lose a set in the tournament. "Obviously there's always room for improvement in my game...I definitely felt like I could have served a little better today."

While it's hard to imagine her playing much better today, her perfectionism may be exactly what she needs in the quarterfinals against Victoria Azarenka, a player that many people consider to have the best shot at usurping the Williamses Wimbledon supremacy.

Serena's big sister Venus, the reigning Wimbledon champion and five-time title holder, was equally methodical in her assault on No. 13 seed Ana Ivanovic of Serbia.

The fleet footed Venus converted on 10 of her first 12 net approaches and stormed to a quick 5-0 lead against Ivanovic. After closing out the first set 6-1, things would take a turn for the worse for Ivanovic.

While serving at 30-40 in the first game of the second set, Ivanovic felt a sharp pain in her left thigh. After seeing the trainer and getting the leg treated and wrapped, the Serb tried to continue but was forced into a teary retirement after the conclusion of the first game of the second set.

Venus expressed sympathy for Ivanovic in a classy post game press conference, but when she takes the court against Agnieszka Radwanska tomorrow in the quarter finals, she'll undoubtedly be feeling fresher as a result of her relatively easy forty-seven minutes spent on court today.

Slammin' Sisters

Proving that it is truly all in a days work, the sisters joined forces on the doubles court to put an emphatic beat-down on their Chinese opponents, Zi Yan and Jie Zheng, 6-0, 6-0.

The forty-six minute victory lands the sisters in the quarterfinals of the ladies doubles draw, where they will face the German-American tandem of Groenefeld and King.


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