Venus Williams survived a tight match in the round of 16, besting a game Jarmila Groth, who most certainly came to play, not content having made the round of 16, 6-4, 7-6 (5) in 1 hour and 37 minutes.  Williams and Groth both played excellent tennis, keeping their errors down and serving well throughout the match that saw only 8 points in the end separate the 5 time champion and 2nd seed and the 90th ranked Australian, who burst on to the scene last month by making the round of 16 at Roland Garros.  Groth has proved to us that she is a top 20 player right now, and we hope good things for her this summer.

Here are the match stats:

Groth (AUS) Williams (USA)
         
  1st Serve % 40 of 65 = 62 % 42 of 75 = 56 %
 
  Aces 5 9
 
  Double Faults 2 3
 
  Unforced Errors 16 15
 
  Winning % on 1st Serve 28 of 40 = 70 % 33 of 42 = 79 %
 
  Winning % on 2nd Serve 13 of 25 = 52 % 17 of 33 = 52 %
 
  Winners 25 26
 
  Receiving Points Won 25 of 72 = 35 % 24 of 63 = 38 %
 
  Break Point Conversions 2 of 3 = 67 % 3 of 3 = 100 %
 
  Net Approaches 6 of 10 = 60 % 8 of 11 = 73 %
 
  Total Points Won 66 74
 
   Fastest Serve Speed 116 MPH 123 MPH
 
   Average 1st Serve Speed 107 MPH 110 MPH
 
   Average 2nd Serve Speed 90 MPH 92 MPH

Serena had a much tougher match than expected against former champion Maria Sharapova this morning, giving a break back in the first set and then surviving a first set tie breaker 11-9.  Serena defeated Sharapova 7-6 (9), 6-4 in 1 hour and 36 minutes.  The match represents tremendous news for Sharapova, who only faced two break points in the match, losing both.  With her shoulder giving her so much trouble in the last 2 years, impeding her service motion, it was great for tennis to see Maria play Serena so closely at a time when Serena is playing close to her best tennis.  Sharapova had 3 set points in the first set tie breaker.  Unfortunately for Maria, all her serve problems are not solved.  She double faulted at a critical stage in the tie breaker that factored in the defeat.

Here are their match stats:

Williams (USA) Sharapova (RUS)
         
  1st Serve % 50 of 74 = 68 % 42 of 67 = 63 %
 
  Aces 19 3
 
  Double Faults 5 7
 
  Unforced Errors 17 18
 
  Winning % on 1st Serve 42 of 50 = 84 % 31 of 42 = 74 %
 
  Winning % on 2nd Serve 10 of 24 = 42 % 13 of 25 = 52 %
 
  Winners 31 14
 
  Receiving Points Won 23 of 60 = 38 % 22 of 69 = 32 %
 
  Break Point Conversions 2 of 2 = 100 % 1 of 1 = 100 %
 
  Net Approaches 5 of 9 = 56 % 5 of 10 = 50 %
 
  Total Points Won 75 66
 
   Fastest Serve Speed 125 MPH 116 MPH
 
   Average 1st Serve Speed 113 MPH 109 MPH
 
   Average 2nd Serve Speed 96 MPH 96 MPH

Serena will face 9th seed Na Li in the quarter-final round, who dispatched Agnieska Radwanska this morning, 6-3, 6-2.  Venus will face Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria, who upset former finalist Marion Bartoli this morning, 6-4, 6-4.  The Williams sisters are also into the doubles quarter-finals, as they are attempting to win their fifth straight major doubles title, to defend their Wimbledon doubles crown from 2009, and for their 4th career Wimbledon doubles title and their 13th major doubles title in their career.

Unfortunately, the American men did not have the same success as the Williams sisters.  Andy Roddick lost to Taiwanese Yen-Hsun Lu in 5 sets, as Lu becomes the first Asian man to make the quarter-finals of a major in 15 years.  Roddick played tentative tennis all day, and Lu, a phenomenal mover, maintained tremendous foot work in to the fifth hour of the match, especially impressive, since Lu rarely plays a 5 setter. 

Roddick fell 4-6, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4), 6-7 (5), 9-7 in 4 hours and 36 minutes, in what is surely a grand disappointment, after his epic loss to Federer in last year’s final.  View the stats below:

 
 
 
   Lu (TPE) Roddick (USA)
         
  1st Serve % 124 of 206 = 60 % 129 of 189 = 68 %
 
  Aces 22 38
 
  Double Faults 4 8
 
  Unforced Errors 34 33
 
  Winning % on 1st Serve 101 of 124 = 81 % 108 of 129 = 84 %
 
  Winning % on 2nd Serve 45 of 82 = 55 % 31 of 60 = 52 %
 
  Winners 83 85
 
  Receiving Points Won 50 of 181 = 28 % 60 of 202 = 30 %
 
  Break Point Conversions 1 of 2 = 50 % 1 of 8 = 13 %
 
  Net Approaches 35 of 47 = 74 % 28 of 43 = 65 %
 
  Total Points Won 196 199
 
   Fastest Serve Speed 128 MPH 137 MPH
 
   Average 1st Serve Speed 118 MPH 123 MPH
 
   Average 2nd Serve Speed 95 MPH 107 MPH

http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/scores/stats/day15/1404ms.html

American Sam Querrey fell in straight sets to the pride of Britain, 4th seed andy Murray, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 in 2 hours and 6 minutes.  Murray is yet to drop a set in these championships.  He will meet Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarter-finals, who punished him on his way to an Australian Open final in 2008. 

The Bryan brothers moved on to third round in doubles with a win over Stupski/Fleming, 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (5).  The Bryans are looking for their second Wimbledon doubles crown and their 9th career major doubles title.

–Crack (https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com)