Serena Wins; Venus, Safina, Ivanovic in Action Saturday at Wimbledon
by Staff | June 27th, 2009, 4:07 am

World No. 2 Serena Williams continued her trek to let her tennis do the talking rather than her mouth on Friday at Wimbledon, making efficient work of Roberta Vinci 6-3, 6-4.
“I don’t think I played great today at all,’ Williams told reporters. “I’m just glad to have gotten through it and go on to the next match.”

The younger Williams sister is hot on the heels of world No. 1 Dinara Safina, who has yet to show she can win the big matches with an 0-3 record in Slam finals.

Among other Top 10-seeded results, (4) Elena Dementieva was an easy 6-1, 6-2 winner over unheralded fellow Russian Regina Kulkova, (7) Vera Zvonareva handed an injury walkover to (26) Virginie Razzano, (8) Victoria Azarenka defeating (28) Sorana Cirstea 7-6, 6-3, and (10) Nadia Petrova stopped the run of the Sharapova-killer, Gisela Dulko, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.

No. 14 seed Dominika Cibulkova was an upset victim, stopped by Russian Elena Vesnina 7-5, 4-6, 6-4, while Italian veteran Francesca Schiavone upset (12) Marion Bartoli 7-6, 6-0.

“I felt like the grass was so slow,” complained Bartoli. “It was so hard to win one point from the baseline…I think the grass has been getting slower and slower, honestly.”

Saturday matches to watch for include (3) Venus Williams vs. Carla Suarez Navarro, (13) Ana Ivanovic vs. (18) Sam Stosur, (1) Dinara Safina vs. Kirsten Flipkens, (6) Jelena Jankovic vs. Melanie Oudin, and (17) Amelie Mauresmo vs. (15) Flavia Pennetta.

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8 Comments for Serena Wins; Venus, Safina, Ivanovic in Action Saturday at Wimbledon

jane Says:

Nice to see Ivanovic get a good win over Stosur; Cahill might be doing her some good. I guess it stops here though since she meets Venus next. Wozniacki continues to play well here also.

jane Says:

I wonder if the German Lisicki can keep this lead over Kuz. I’ve read elsewhere that Lisicki has Graf-like qualities; I think it was after she won her clay title earlier this year.

jane Says:

Lisicki does it. Huge win for her.

vared Says:

I think Kuz is happy with her RG win. Don’t know if her head is really in it so soon.

IMO Lisicki, Wozniaki, Cirstea, Azarenka are the next wave.

Oudin is the US hope but she’s too short and has annoying on court habits. Glatch might be the better one. I don’t think Oudin will get very far in her career. This win over sickly JJ is lucky. Let’s see if she can beat Aggie.

jane Says:

I agree with your “next wave” statement vared. I know a lot of people are dishing women’s tennis lately, but I think there’s some hope and also there are some great round of 16 matches lined up:

Safina vs. Mauresmo – they both can implode, so what will happen!?

Wozniacki vs. Lisicki – 2 young gun gals. Who will win?

Venus Williams vs. Ivanovic – can Ivano make a match of it and gain some much needed confidence?

Radwanska vs. Oudin – can Oudin fulfil her dream of playing her idol Venus in the quarters? Radwa’s serve can go “off.”

Azarenka vs. Petrova – #8 vs. #10 – could be good and close.

Hantuchova vs. Serena Williams – can Hantuchova avenge her loss to Serena here in 2007 in the “drama match”, with Serena cramping, crying, then rain delay, etc? Be interesting to see.

Von Says:

vared: I don’t think you should put a period and/or a limit on Oudin’s career just yet. She’s only 17, and is not accustomed to playing on the big stage, but kudos to her for her run at Wimby. Was JJ sickly? I don’t buy it. She was fine when she won the first set, but due to Oudin’s pressure she pulled out the ‘sick’ card. Remember her level has been dropping since she got the No. 1 ranking, and is continuing on its downward spiral.

Oudin’s petite frame reminds me of Henin, and look at how successful Henin was in mowing down the power hitters. Give our Melanie a break and some time, will ya, before dismissing her with such finality.

tenisbebe Says:

I was very impressed that Melanie came back to win the 2nd after JJ’s long TO b/w sets and then didn’t lose her focus & freak out in the 3rd, winning it decisively 6-2. She does need to develop a weapon and hopefully, being only 17 and getting a taste of the Big Top will push her to improve. She’s getting alot of exposure from this run and could leverage that (upgraded coaching, fitness, etc) to improve her all-around game.

I agree w/ Vared’s pick’s for WTA up-and-comers but this is not going out on a limb as the tennis pundits pick same ones as well. Much too soon for Oudin to be part of that conversation but hope her game is on vs Aggie and prevails.

Too bad Amelie and Safina are playing already. Damn! Go Amelie.


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Serena Williams and Venus Williams share the same birth number 8.Venus was born on June 17,1980(1+7=8).Serena’s birth occurred on September 26,1981(2+6=8).
There is numerological similarity between their name numbers also.The name number of Venus Williams is 47 which adds up to 2.
The name number of Serena Williams is 43 which gives 7 by addition.Numerologically numbers 2 and 7 are two sides of the same coin.
Venus and Serena are now contesting for the Two consecutive years.Also,they are contesting for the 8th time .
Saturday is represented by 8.

Interestingly,As on July 4,2009 Venus Williams is 29 years and 18 days old.These numbers add up to 47-equal to her occult number!

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