Updated: 26/06/2012 15:58 | By pa.press.net

Venus falls at first hurdle



Venus Williams crashed out of Wimbledon in the first round

Venus Williams crashed out of Wimbledon in the first round

Five-time champion Venus Williams lost in the opening round at Wimbledon for the first time since the year she made her debut at the tournament.

The 32-year-old American was bundled out in straight sets by Russian Elena Vesnina, who claimed a fine 6-1 6-3 success on Court Two.

Williams' only previous experience of a first-round singles loss at Wimbledon came as a 17-year-old in 1997 when she was defeated by Polish player Magdalena Grzybowska.

Vesnina could hardly believe her achievement, with the 25-year-old dancing a jig of joy and all smiles after securing a second-round clash with number three seed Agnieszka Radwanska.

Williams fell 5-0 behind in the opening set, against a player Britain's Heather Watson beat in the French Open first round last month.

She slowly improved but could not find a way to turn the match around.

Williams had game point for 3-3 in the second set but frittered it away by overshooting the baseline and Vesnina broke.

It was soon 5-2 as Vesnina held serve, and although Williams had a love game straight afterwards it was only delaying her opponent's charge.

Asked in her press conference whether she would be back at Wimbledon next year, Williams said: "I'm planning on it. I feel like I'm a great player. I am a great player.

"I'm up for challenges. There's no way I'm just going to give up. That's just not me."

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6Comments
25/06/2012 21:47
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Like all mortals. Athletes also reach a peak and then decline.

You have been wonderfull to watch V but its now time to marry me and settle down x

25/06/2012 21:09
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Fresh and young pair of legs must rise
25/06/2012 23:56
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The player has had a lot of health problems in the past few years. She's not too old and I hope she regains her form soon. There is not a more graceful, athletic and beautiful player to watch in the womens game than Venus Williams when she is in full flight; and few have her will to win. Those who know about Tennis can appreciate that she and her sister transformed the women's game in the past decade, with their power, speed, grace and athleticism; their titles and acheivements speak for themselves. They have set the bar so high, only a few can keep up. The game loses when they don't play. The Sharapova's of this world are a shadow of true greatness. The Williams sisters still have titles in them; just a matter of time.
25/06/2012 21:12
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another one trick pony bites the dust. once they learn to return her serve she's got nothing.
25/06/2012 19:34
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Full of herself as always! Serves her right! One  should know when it has been enough.
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