LONDON-- On the first Friday at Wimbledon in the third round, the 30th seeded
Venus Williams of the USA played exceptional tennis before committing several key errors in the tiebreaker as well as
in the last game of the match to lose to the 6th seeded Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic 7-5, 6-7(2-7), 5-7 in a two and a half hour long classic.
In the first set, the 34 year old Williams held serve to reach 6-5 after hitting consecutive serves of speeds of
117, 114 and 107 miles per hour; the last serve an ace out wide.
And with Williams continuing to hit big the next game, the American scored the first break of serve of the match
at 0-40 as a Kvitova inside out crosscourt backhand landed wide to send Williams ahead 7-5.
Playing at a very high level, Williams had committed only 3 unforced errors to Kvitova’s 14 unforced errors in set one.
In set two, Venus Williams held serve to lead 5-4 before reaching 15-30 on Kvitova’s serve. However a Kvitova ace out wide on the following point would level the game’s score at 30 all. A Williams netted forehand followed by a Williams netted backhand leveled to set at 5 all.
Both players would then hold serve to reach the tiebreaker.