Both Williams Sisters Serena, Venus Into Quarters, Agnieszka Radwanska Toppled at Wimbledon
by Jeremy Davis | July 4th, 2016, 3:08 pm
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The quarterfinals at Wimbledon are set, and it contains both Williams sisters (the only Americans left), this year’s Australian Open winner, two unseeded players, and only four Top 10 players.


The Williams sisters led the charge of (the only) 35+ age players as world No. 1 Serena overcame some early adversity to steamroll former world No. 2 and current No. 13 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-5, 6-0, and the No. 8-seeded Venus edged No. 12 Carla Suarez Navarro 7-6(3), 6-4.

Kuznetsova served for the first set at 5-4 before Serena took command. The world No. 1 says playing consecutive days due to the rains at Wimbledon is not a problem as it is her regular job at WTA events, as she shared some of the way she speaks to herself in the second person vernacular.

“In order to win a [WTA] tournament you have to win the quarterfinals, semifinals and final back to back to back,” Williams said. “So for me it’s an easy transition. I thought to myself, ‘Serena, you’ve done this 70 times, you can do this.’”

Serena in the quarters will face No. 21 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia, who stopped the run of No. 27-seeded American CoCo Vandeweghe 6-3, 6-3.

Venus will butt heads with unseeded Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan, who upset No. 28-seeded Lucie Safarova 6-2, 6-4.

“The first set was exciting, but it was emotional when the rain came,” Venus told the BBC regarding the first-set breaker against Suarez Navarro. “I was dismayed. I just tried to stay focused and that helped me get through. It’s an honor to do this job. Am I surprising myself? I’ve been in this position before…you always have to believe in yourself.”

No. 19 seed Dominika Cibulkova and unseeded Russian Elena Vesnina set up an unlikely quarterfinal after Cibulkova ground out a 6-3, 5-7, 9-7 thriller over No. 3 Aggie Radwanska, and Vesnina beat fellow unseeded Russian Ekaterina Makarova 5-7, 6-1, 9-7.

The other quarterfinal will be a high-powered one when No. 4 Angie Kerber meets No. 5 Simona Halep. The German beat Japan’s unseeded Misaki Doi 6-3, 6-1, and the Romanian came from a set down to beat a hobbled No. 9 Madison Keys 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-3.

The Grand Slam problems continued for the American Keys, whose power serving and baseline game had long ago portended major success.

Up a set and a break, the American was brought to the verge of tears when a combination of a leg injury and a scampering Halep that refused to quit saw the Romanian claim an unlikely victory.

“She had a set and 2-0,” Halep said. “But I knew I had to be strong and focus on my game. I was strong mentally. I am feeling confident and I feel that I am close to my best.”

Tuesday at Wimbledon in the quarterfinal round will see (4) Kerber vs. (5) Halep, (1) Serena vs. (21) Pavlyuchenkova, (8) Venus vs. Shvedova, and (19) Cibulkova vs. Vesnina.

WIMBLEDON TUESDAY SCHEDULE
CENTRE COURT – 1:00PM
1. Simona Halep (ROU) [5] v Angelique Kerber (GER) [4]
2. Serena Williams (USA) [1] v Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) [21]
3. Radek Stepanek (CZE) [14] / Nenad Zimonjic (SRB) [14] v Bob Bryan (USA) [2] / Mike Bryan (USA) [2]

NO.1 COURT – 1:00PM
1. Venus Williams (USA) [8] v Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ)
2. Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) [19] v Elena Vesnina (RUS)
3. Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) [1] / Nicolas Mahut (FRA) [1] v Sam Groth (AUS) / Robert Lindstedt (SWE)


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27 Comments for Both Williams Sisters Serena, Venus Into Quarters, Agnieszka Radwanska Toppled at Wimbledon

BBB Says:

Serena hit shots today that I haven’t seen from her in awhile. I wonder if it’s because the roof was closed.


jane Says:

serena also threatened to sure the ump if they didn’t close the roof and she got hurt. she slipped once in set one

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tennis/2016/07/04/wimbledon-2016-serena-williams-threatens-to-sue-umpire-during-sv/


jane Says:

*sue not sure. :)


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Amazing to see the Williams sisters going deep again. Think of how long ago, how many tennis generations have come and gone, since Serena joined Venus in the elite mix.

This could very well be the last time we’ll see this. Since her illness became an issue, every time Venus breaks through like this seems an unexpected gift.


jalep Says:

That was a great fight by Simona and I’m proud of well how she fought and how positive she remained to the last point. Angie has been getting better each match and looks strong. Is she good enough to beat Venus?

Meanwhile, go Cibby!


BBB Says:

When Venus smiles after these wins she looks like a teenager. Maybe Kyrgios needs to spend some time with her to see what joy tennis can bring.


Willow Says:

Hi Jalep, yeah that was an enjoyable match, wasnt bothered about the result either way, as i like both players, and i just love to watch Cibby, she makes me smile so much whenever she wins ;-) ….


Tennis Vagabond Says:

BBB, great comment.


jalep Says:

Hi Willow! I took advantage of the holiday pay and worked 2 shifts — so missed a lot of tennis but this morning woke up in time to see Simona and Angie.

TBH, I was disappointed that Aga lost to Cibby AGAIN. But yeah, happy for her. Maybe she can beat Vesnina — hope you can watch this one! Tell me what you think of the double syllable noise Vesnina makes – wow.


Willow Says:

Nice to see Venus putting such a great run together again ….


Willow Says:

Jalep, yeah Agas tennis is so beautiful to watch, its hard not to be dissapointed seeing her lose, but at least she lost to a player who played out of her mind, rather than some power hitting serve bot ….


Humble Rafa Says:

serena also threatened to sure the ump if they didn’t close the roof and she got hurt. she slipped once in set one

This shows how far the Big Lady has matured. Instead of shoving the f’ing ball down the throat, she will just sue sow.

#impressed


jalep Says:

Willow, what is it Vesnina yells when she hits the ball?


Willow Says:

Jalep lol hiya i think or iya, i dont know, is she in pain i wonder ? ….


jalep Says:

Vesnina is killing it. Sort of hoping she wins because she’ll be in better shape, I’m guessing, to make a better SF v Serena.


jalep Says:

Whatever it is it’s not as annoying as a flat out Maria screech. Vesnina makes me laugh. I think Cibby must be low on pocket rocket fuel after that match vs Aga yesterday.


Willow Says:

Yeah true Jalep all true, off topic who are you pulling for on the mens side now ? ….


Kimberly Says:

Absolutely amazing to Venus Williams, hats off….36 years old with Sjogrens Syndrome and a Wimbledon Semi-finalist. She is a true tennis Icon.


jalep Says:

Pulling for Andy ☺


jalep Says:

Congrats to Vesnina. I don’t think she’s ever made a GS semifinal…in singles.
Don’t know her very well. Usually think of her as a doubles player – a good one.

Good luck vs Serena!


Margot Says:

Amazing from Venus, back in a Wimbledon semi after all these years. Sweet and lovely in interview too.
However, routing for Angie, who looked mighty fine against Simona. Never liked the Williams v Williams matches.
Hardly know Vesnina either, little pocket rocket ran out of fuel.


jane Says:

“Never liked the Williams v Williams matches.” – same here margot.

but agree, too, that it is amazing venus made it this far at 36, and serena is still on top of the world too. they are inspiring those ladies.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Historically the V vs S matches have been duds, but I remember them playing a brilliant one at the last USO. It was incredibly dramatic, as the match was so intense but you could see the emotional contortions of Serena trying to psych herself up but aware that she didn’t want to do it in front of Venus, while Venus stayed so stoic through ought (or tried to!)


RZ Says:

I was surprised that Vesnina beat Makarova and then Cibulkova, but many years there’s a surprise Wimbledon semifinalist who is also a top doubles player, so maybe not such a big surprise after all.


BBB Says:

I think the Venus/Serena matches were bad in the 2000s, but the last few have been alright, no?


Margot Says:

BBB: saw them play at Wimbledon last year and no, not alright.


BBB Says:

Thanks Margot. Couldn’t remember.

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