Sharapova Leads, Venus Struggles at Wimbledon

Posted on June 27, 2007

The shoulder-addled Maria Sharapova led the seeded charge Tuesday at Wimbledon, with the No. 2-seeded Russian defeating Yung-Jan Chan 6-1, 7-5.

"I was happy with the way I started and the way I controlled the match," Sharapova said. "I didn't feel like I did the same thing in the second set. I was a little passive, especially on her second serves, which I attacked really well in the first but didn't really take advantage of in the second. That was clearly the difference."

In the third round the Russian could meet Venus Williams, who struggled past Alla Kudryavtseva 2-6, 6-3, 7-5.

"The first set went so fast -- my balls were flying and I didn't have any answers," Williams said. "That bothered me because when things are going wrong, I can figure it out and change my game. I needed to change my game plan, taking a step back to take a couple steps forward. It was definitely a well-contested match -- the fans enjoy that. I could feel they were enjoying when I was coming back."

Other seeded winners on the day were (3) Jelena Jankovic (d. Keothavong, bagel in the second), (4) Amelie Mauresmo (d. Jackson), (5) Svetlana Kuznetsova (d. Vakulenko from a set down), (8) Anna Chakvetadze (d. Kerber), (10) Daniela Hantuchova (d. Pavlyuchenkova 0-and-1), (11) Nadia Petrova (d. King 0-and-1), (19) Katarina Srebotnik (d. Baltacha in three), (23) Venus Williams (d. Kudryavtseva in three), (24) Alona Bondarenko (d. Craybas), (26) Ai Sugiyama (d. South), (27) Sam Stosur (d. Brandi in three), and (31) Michaella Krajicek (d. Obziler 6-1 in the third).

Elena Vesnina had the only upset on the day, ousting No. 30 seed Olga Poutchkova 6-1, 6-3.

Matches of interest scheduled for Wednesday include (1) Justine Henin vs. Vera Dushevina, Alicia Molik vs. (7) Serena Williams, (3) Jelena Jankovic vs. Jarmila Gajdosova, (10) Daniela Hantuchova vs. Elena Likhovtseva, Nathalie Dechy vs. (12) Elena Dementieva, Tatiana Poutchek vs. (8) Anna Chakvetadze, (6) Ana Ivanovic vs. Melinda Czink, (31) Michaella Krajicek vs. Brit Katie O'Brien, (9) Martina Hingis vs. Aiko Nakamura, (14) Nicole Vaidisova vs. Karin Knapp, and Eleni Daniilidou vs. (25) Lucie Safarova.