Williams Sisters, Safina Favorites in Wimbledon Quarters Tuesday
by Staff | June 29th, 2009, 7:34 pm

Defending champ Venus Williams received an easy pass into the quarterfinals Monday at Wimbledon when a crying Ana Ivanovic retired against the American trailing 1-6, 0-1.
Ivanovic, the former No. 1 whose career fell off a cliff after winning the French Open, has since suffered a parade of injuries, and on Monday was done in by a thigh injury, earlier in the match seeking aide from the trainers.

“I don’t even know the last time that I had these circumstances. I don’t think ever in a Slam,” said Williams. “So I think she was in a lot of pain. You know me, I’m one of those players I just only pay attention to what’s going on my side of the net. But today I felt really sad for her actually. She was really upset. This is Wimbledon. It’s the last place you want to have an injury that you can’t overcome. So I’m wishing her a lot of luck in her recovery.”

The Williams sisters remain on track for a second straight all-Williams final after younger sister Serena also advanced, brutalizing Daniela Hantuchova 6-3, 6-1. Venus has now won 31 consecutive sets at Wimbledon, the longest streak since Martina Navratilova’s 40 in a row in 1982-85.

No. 11-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska ended the run of unseeded 17-year-old Melanie Oudin, beating the American 6-4, 7-5. Oudin was not without her chances, leading a break in the second in her Wimbledon tournament debut, and earlier defeating former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic.

“I’m, like, disappointed I lost,” Oudin said. “But, I mean, I’m very proud of myself how I did here. I think it’s just like another step I’m taking.”

Radwanska will next face Venus, and says that, you know, the match is out of her hands.

“Depends of her,” Radwanska said of the elder Williams sister. “If she’s playing good tennis and she have a good day, it’s very tough to play against her. Especially the serves, you know, she’s hitting hard. You know, it’s so tough play against both Williams sisters. So, you know, we’ll find out in the beginning of the match.”

In other matches No. 4-seeded Elena Dementieva beat fellow Russian Elena Vesnina 6-1, 6-3, and No. 8 Victoria Azarenka outlasted No. 10 Nadia Petrova 7-6(5), 2-6, 6-3.

Azarenka will next face No. 2 seed Serena Williams.

Other players advancing Monday were world No. 1 Dinara Safina who outlasted No. 17 seed Amelie Mauresmo 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. She will next face the hard-serving unseeded German Sabine Lisicki, who upset No. 9 Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-4.

Italian Francesca Schiavone was also an upset winner, defeating No. 26 seed Virginie Razzano 6-2, 7-6(1).

Featured Tuesday at Wimbledon is ladies’ quarterfinal action in (1) Safina vs. Lisicki, (8) Azarenka vs. (2) S.Williams, (3)V.Williams vs. (11) Radwanska, and Schiavone vs. (4) Dementieva.

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29 Comments for Williams Sisters, Safina Favorites in Wimbledon Quarters Tuesday

jane Says:

I am not so sure about Safina; Lisicki has a wicked serve and will go for winners. But interesting point about the women: seeds 1, 2, 3, and 4 are all still alive in the quarters, with the only real suprise being Schiavone. I think the WTA is finding some form and consistency with the stalwarts and the up and comers.

jane Says:

BTW, very gracious and empathetic comments from Venus on Ivanovic’s injury.

vared Says:

Poor Ana. She had her golfer boyfriend Adam Scott in her box so I’m guessing that the thigh injury really “hurts” in more ways than one.
Yes, Venus is very nice.

jules Says:

Agree. I had always felt Venus is the nicer one of the Williams.

Mina Says:

Not sure if someone has already posted this article but this really distasteful. Everyone knows that sex appeal and women’s tennis go hand-in-hand (some fans hate this, some don’t mind) but for a tournament spokesperson to outright admit it is disheartening.

“When it comes to choosing which women play on Centre Court, good looks count for more than big shots…And last night, the All England Club admitted that physical attractiveness is taken into consideration. Spokesman Johnny Perkins said: ‘Good looks are a factor.'”

Full article here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1196155/Babe-set-match-How-looks-count-talent-Wimbledon-decides-girls-play-Centre-Court.html

Mina Says:

Sorry, jane. Just saw that you posted the article in the other thread already.

Sbylog Says:

I didn’t find the thread where Jane posted the article, so I’ll make a comment here.

What I find just as disturbing as putting sexy female players on center court and relegating the best players to secondary courts, is the ratio of two men’s matches to one women’s match on center court AND court 1 over this past week.

What’s the point in giving equal pay to women if you don’t consider their game equally worthy of attention?

scineram Says:

Blablalba, whining.

Kimmi Says:

Lisicki is hitting the ball all over the place, I think she needs more time to challenge consistently at the top. Safina does not have to do much, now she has the belief. Only her experience will win her this match.

Court 1 matches seem to be very short. Audience not really getting the value for their money. Some times women tennis can be very dissapointing.

JCZ Says:

So from the looks of it Seeds 1, 3, and 4 are moving on. If Serena wins then it’ll be a top 4 semi. That’s quite a change from years past. Good stuff, I like it.

JCZ Says:

No how about a Dementieva-Safina final for a second consecutive all Russian affair… Ratings galore! I actually would prefer one of them to get through and meet up with one of the Williams. Watching the two sisters play each other is always a bit awkward.

jane Says:

No worries Mina – but yeah, definitely disheartening.

True Kimmi – Lisicki makes too many UEs. She really goes for it. But a nice serve, and courage. Once she gets a handle on things, she’ll win slams. I really believe that.

Happy for Dementieva; she’s had a pretty good draw, but she hasn’t faltered either – good for her.

JCZ – agree – WTA is coming back around, and yeah, I’d prefer a mix in the finals. Venus vs. one of the others, ideally.

tennisbebe Says:

Elena has been flying under the radar, I haven’t seen any of her matches yet. That Safina/Lisicki match was like watching paint dry. Hopefully this Serena/Vicki match will be more competitive.

tennisbebe Says:

Venus is class act. Serena sometimes behaves like she was raised in a trailer park.

Kimmi Says:

Wow !!You can see serena is come to play. I am sure she remembers the loss she had in Miami and the set she lost in the AO

jane Says:

Azarenka’s got a good backhand, very accurate and powerful in general. But Serena is way more experienced on this surface. Aza has been slipping a lot at the back there.

jane Says:

tenisbebe, lol on trailer park comment. As to the paint drying, at least Lisicki took a set; at this point it’s looking like that may be the only 3-set quarter unless Aza can bring it on.

tennisbebe Says:

yes Jane Aza had a great chance to break there in the 2nd game of the 2nd but couldn’t do it. She’s got to keep getting the ball back, run down everything and maybe Serena will start to make more errors. Right now only 2 errors – very solid.

tennisbebe Says:

“As to the paint drying, at least Lisicki took a set;”

I missed most of the first set actually, but the 2nd and 3rd. Ahhh. Almost no rallies.

Kimmi Says:

Azarenka breaks. She is a tough cooky this girl.
can she take the set ?

jane Says:

Hope Aza can hold now and make a match of it. She’s doggedly persistent this one. Very hungry to win.

Kimmi Says:

Azarenka looks too explosive too me. I think she should calm down a little bit. She cannot hit the winners all the time. the last two point on the last game Serena breaks is what I am talking about. She needs to learn.

jane Says:

Yep, Aza is rather petulant at times; she went completely off the rails after giving that break back, and Serena, ever the predator, smelled blood. Over and out.

jane Says:

Well you can fault the Williams girls for some things, but they sure have lovely smiles – really light up when they win. It’s difficult to see anyone stopping an all Williams final at this point.

Kimmi Says:

Wow! Serena wins. Great perfomance for her. Azarenka needs to learn but will always be difficult to play Serena in this form.

Is it going to be Venus and Serena final again ?

Kimmi Says:

Jane, I agree about the smile. The bookies have Serena as a favorite, even though venus is a defending champion. I also think Serena is playing much better at the moment.

If Serena wins wimbledon Safina will have to agree this time who is the real number one.

huh Says:

Venus is really nice as always. Serena’s extremely dismissive of others at times but then, why should she think/speak of others as better? In WTA, Serena’s the best game after all, and so has my fav dear Venus ! Yet, after all is said, COME ON VENUS !!!

huh Says:

By the way, I’m really sad for Ana, she’s such a nice girl ! Actually I don’t know what others think, but whenever Ana’s asked anything, she replies gracefully. She’s a beauty, an intellient and nice person too. Wishin her best of luck & speedy recovery !

Von Says:

I like Ana but I would like to see her play, minus the fist pump and pirouette.

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