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Posts Tagged ‘Venus Williams’

Heading For Williams Sisters Final? (Wimbledon)

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Venus and Serena

Now that they have the two Williams sisters on opposite sides of the bracket, perhaps we can see what we should’ve seen at last year’s US Open: the Williams sisters battling in the final, this time, at Wimbledon. If you remember just how competitive their US Open match was, this is something you should be waiting for with open arms. Both sisters advanced today, as Serena beat Victoria Azarenka and Venus dispatched Agnieszka Radwanska. With seven Wimbledon titles between them, five for Venus, how can you not want to see these two square off against each other on Saturday?

More musing on Serena and Venus after the jump >>

Ladies of the Australian Open

Daniela Hantuchova

While most of the blogosphere is focusing on how performances like Absinthe impact the Australian Open, folks like DC Scrap have been doing a great job of documenting the more well-known tennis hotties that have been appearing down under to play a little tennis; but that doesn’t mean there isn’t more to contribute, because there is. We all know about the Ana Ivanovics and Maria Sharapovas of the world, but the list doesn’t start and end with those two.

No, women’s tennis is like an untapped natural resource of attractive women and me being the enterprising content producer I am, it would be remiss of me if I didn’t do my part and bring you these lovely ladies.

More ladies of the Aussie Open after the jump >>

US Open: A Quarterfinal For the Ages

Serena

It looks like I picked the best night to start watching the US Open instead of simply relying on ESPN highlights, thanks to an epic quarterfinals match between the Williams sisters. There have been questions about the seeding because people wanted the match to be later on in the tournament; however, there’s only so much you can about US Open seeding — that is, nothing. You play what they give you based on how well you’ve performed on tour thus far.

And that’s why we were treated to such a great contest in the quarterfinals. Serena was victorious, beating Venus 7-6, 7-6 but she had to earn EVERY point she scored as Venus battled her younger sister to the very end and had ample opportunity to win each set she lost. To wit, Serena survived being down 6-5 in the second set with Venus facing numerous match point opportunities before her little sister forced the match into a tie-breaker.

But even there, Serena found the early going rough. At one point, she was trailing Venus 6-4 before she roared back — literally — to take the game, the set and the match as she won the tie-breaker, 9-7.

For me, this was easily one of the better women’s matches I’ve seen in some time. In the final games of the second set, neither sister was willing to give the other a point as they both yelled, screamed and grimaced after every stroke, feeding the already pumped up crowd.

Next up for Serena, who is looking to regain the overall number one ranking in the WTA, is Dinara Safina on Friday. Safina won the silver medal in Beijing recently but it’s hard to see anyone stopping Serena — unless, of course, she used all her reserves getting past her big sister.

Wimbledon: Heading To A Williams Sisters Final?

Venus and Serena

Is this what were heading for in the women’s side of the Wimbledon draw? Judging by the way these two have played, it certainly looks that way. While the top-ranked women players are sitting at home watching the matches from home, the Williams sisters continue to slice their way through the remaining players and it definitely looks like these two will be meeting in Saturday’s women’s singles championship game.

Consider this, currently, Ana Ivanovic, Maria Sharapova, Jelena Jankovic, and Svetlana Kuznetsova — the top four ranked women players in the world — are no longer in the tournament. The highest remaining seed is Elena Dementieva, who holds the world’s fifth spot.

However, the stage is set for the Williams sisters to meet in the final as they stand on opposite sides of the Wimbledon bracket. In Serena’s side, she’ll have to get through the likes of Tamarine Tanasugarn and the aformentioned Dementieva. On the other side of the bracket, the sixth-ranked Venus will need to dispense with players like Agnieszka Radwanska (who beat Kuznetsova) to face her sister in the finals.

The presence of the Williams sisters is fitting, especially at Wimbledon. The sibling duo has won six of the last eight Wimbledon singles titles.

On the men’s side of the draw, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal continued their march towards a Wimbledon final rematch. Both advanced to quarterfinals this afternoon and if they continue winning, will face each other in the Wimbledon finals on Sunday.

Buh-Bye, Ana

Ana Ivanovic
Image courtesy of Ian Walton/Getty Images

Ana Ivanovic’s stay in London was short-lived as she was beaten down removed from the Wimbledon competition must unceremoniously by Zheng Jie, 6-1, 6-4. Jie, from China, is ranked 133rd in the world. Ivanovic was ranked first after winning the French Open. Ivanovic’s ouster comes on the heels of Maria Sharapova and opens the door for any number of the remaining women, including both of the Williams sisters.

Considering the way both Venus and Serena have played thus far, you have to think one or both will have something to say about how the title will be decided.