Tuesday, January 22, 2008

2nd Serb overcomes 2nd Williams sister

In the day's secondd quarterfinal, Venus Williams and Ana Ivanovic put on an ugly display of errors and breaks in the first set, but raised the level of play considerably in the second. Williams had a 3-0 lead in the second set, but Ivanovic caught up, and--while there were several stunning rallies--Williams continued to make too many errors. She had two break points when Ivanovic served for the match, but Ivanovic reeled off two aces, then hit her way to victory.

If someone had told me that Venus Williams would play a Grand Slam quarterfinal without hitting any backhand winners, I would have laughed, but that is exactly what happened. For the second day in a row, a Williams sister mystifies.

Final score: Ivanovic def. Williams, 7-6, 6-4

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