Crawl Back Venus
She plays again today and I am sure she welcomed the weekend’s interlude. Number 10 seed, Venus Williams just needed one hour and thirty minutes to see off Japanese rising star Naomi Osaka. Making her 20th appearance at the Wimbledon Championships, Williams needed all her experience to come back from a 3-0 deficit in the first set tie break. In a tightly fought first set 7-6(3) the Williams double faults did get in the way of what should have been a more routine set. But, as we all know, Venus Williams does things her way, and with a total of 7 grand-slams, who are we to disagree?
The heavy hitting Japanese teenager, Osaka was playing her idol, which is never an easy thing to do. Before the match started the talented Japanese said she wouldn’t be playing tennis today, if it wasn’t for the inspiration she took from both Venus and Serena Williams. Making her debut on court number 1, the 19 year old put in a tremendous performance to crawl back from 4-1 down in the first set to level the match and take it into a breaker.
However, with an impeccable record against teenagers (16-2), Williams having secured the close first set, would surely use all her experience to clinch the second? The second set was much more of a routine affair and with some excellent serving (which isn’t as good as it once was), Williams did just that with a 6-4 win.
Next up for Williams will be Ana Konjuh on so called ‘Manic Monday’. Konjuh has form going into the match having just taken out 8 seed Dominika Cibulkova in three thrilling sets. At 19 years old, Konjuh is the youngest player left in the main draw and is most likely to put Venus Williams to the test. It is, however, a test I expect Williams to win.