It was not all doom and gloom on a rainy Tuesday at SW19 for the Williams family. Serena’s never ending quest to become the most decorate tennis player pf all time in terms of Grand Slams ended in an injury induced withdrawal against Sasnovich. Former champ Venus came through her first round match against Romania’s Mihaela Buzarnescu, winning in three. Mihaela had so much break point opportunities, 15 in total but only converted two of them. This shows that the old fighting spirit of the American is not waning. Venus’s backhand was on point in this match. If you check out Venus’s matches from her peak years at Wimbledon they have always been punctuated with shots from the baseline more than the net such as this following point. Check out 6-5 deuce. Pretty impossible for the Romanian to turn the ball back into court from the volley.
The second set it was Mihaela’s turn to hit the great shots, this time it was the forehand of the lefty doing the damage. Check out 4-2(30-15). Love the angle on that shot, the swinging motion making that happen. Who served better? Venus of course. The powerful first serve saw her fire 10 Aces but also double faulting the most with eight. Watch 3-1 with Venus a break up in the third with the advantage on deuce.I have no clue why Buzarnescu didn’t try to return the backhand shot that won Venus the game. It was not as if the shot was right at the corner. Let’s put that down to inexperience hey. The ninth game at 5-3 deuce was super competitive, Mihaela hitting shots that kept Venus rooted to the baseline, Venus countering with serve and volley to cancel the advantage to bring back deuce. Common denominator between the first set and the third? Mihaela committed unforced errors to hand the two sets to Venus.