Henin, Venus, Top Women Plod Toward Late-Round Match-ups at Wimbledon
by Jeremy Davis | June 23rd, 2010, 8:44 pm

Yaaaaawn..wha? Oh! The ladies played tennis on Wednesday at Wimbledon, where Venus Williams baked a bagel against Russian opponent Ekaterina Makarova, and Kim Clijsters was another late-round favorite advancing.
The elder Williams beat the Russian 6-0, 6-4, and Clijsters topped the one-promising-looking Karolina Sprem of Croatia 6-3, 6-4.

“She’s been playing really well, won a tournament last week,” said Williams of Makarova, showing the gulf between the top players and the lower echelon. “I think the grass suits her game. She hits it low and has a good serve. You know, I was very happy to get off to a good start and then to close it out at the end.”


Venus did talk about watching TV — or not watching as much TV, specifically the World Cup — like her sister Serena.

“I don’t really turn the TV on a lot. It’s not something I do,” Venus said. “She turns the football on, so I guess I haven’t been keeping up as much as, you know, she has.”

Other seeds of note moving into the third round were No. 12 Nadia Petrova and No. 17 Justine Henin, who will next face each other in a match that could then lead to Henin facing Clijsters in the fourth round.

“I can play well on grass. I think I proved it enough in the past, beating Serena here in 2007, had pretty good results,” said Henin of her pursuit, and chances, for a first Wimbledon title. “I still have a challenge in my career right now.”

No. 4 seed Jelena Jankovic struggled against the flat-hitting Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak before rebounding for a 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 win.

Seeds of lesser note dropping out Thursday were No. 13 Shahar Peer losing to German Angelique Kerber in three, No. 30 Yaroslava Shvedova falling to Russian Regina Kulikova, and No. 33 Melanie Oudin upset by Aussie Jarmila Groth in straights.

The scant highlights on Thursday at Wimbledon include (3) Caroline Wozniacki vs. Kai-Chen Chang, (16) Maria Sharapova vs. Ioana Raluca Olaru, and (1) Serena Williams vs. Anna Chakvetadze.

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5 Comments for Henin, Venus, Top Women Plod Toward Late-Round Match-ups at Wimbledon

Von Says:

Wimbledon does Serena a Royal disservice. I suppose it could be said that Serena was serenly snubbed by the genteel Wimbledon committee.


joe Says:

like they want Serena playing in front of the queen? what if she flips out and goes bat shit on a linesperson like she did at the U>S. open?

madmax Says:

Serena met the queen this morning. There was a line up on BBC staring with the some of the british junior players, then went on to the four top women seeds, and the four top men seeds, Caroline Wazniaki, jelena jankovic, venus and serena both there in line, curtsied and spoke to the queen for about a minute each, roddick and novak also there, roddick where a white blazer with blue trim, serena wearing a very tight cream pencil skirt and blouse, roger was also there.

The queen then went to lunch with federer, mirka, henman, billie jean king, virginia wade along with the other players above, save for serena who is playing – but she did meet the queen, televised here at 11 am, and looked beautiful.

billie jean also expressed her “lifelong dream” to meet with the queen, they seemed to be having a good old chat in the line-up.

The only match the queen will be watching this afternoon is the murray match (though nadal playing no.3 on the schedule, was said she will probably leave after the murray match as Andy has been invited for “tea” with her.

So serena did get her wish.

madmax Says:

*starting with some*

madmax Says:

*sorry about typos* very tired this morning.

On the menu, all the players are having salmon, with roasted vegetables and cous cous – I suppose that’s their training requirements – I should have said the players above (bar serena who is playing), are having lunch with the queen as a special invitation, and Tim Henman is a guest speaker on the table of players with the queen.

Announced this a.m. with photos of all players in line up – then Johnny Mac and Boris Becker said to TV audience “We’re available as well if the queen wants to see us!”, and that it was an “incredible honour just to be in the vicinity of the queen!”. Lots of banter and fun.

It was strange seeing them all bow and curtsy! They all looked hugely nervous!

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