Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria (above).

Venus Williams had a great week one on the grounds of SW-19.  She looked great, like the Venus who for so long has been considered the best on grass in the game.  Today?  She makes her exit from Wimbledon, having been routed by Tsvetana Pironkova, and will now have gone a year without making the semi-finals of a major tournament.  If she’s this type of player now, the kind that can look great for a week and then completely drop off, Venus Williams fans will have no choice but to hold their breath no matter what favorable circumstance is presented her at a major, because a quarter-final against Na Li, a round of 16 to Petrova, and now today to Pironkova, she’s losing matches she is supposed to win easily.  She’s the co-best doubles player in the game, and she is ranked second, more for her smaller tournaments this year than bigger ones, but she may have to change up her conditioning.  It’s very disappointing to see her come out flat.  If she’s not going to have major success at Wimbledon, then she’s probsbly not going to have a successful year at the majors, because she is by far suited best to the grass.

Pironkova, 6-2, 6-3 in 1 hour and 25 minutes.  12 break points against, Venus?  Hereare the stats:

Pironkova (BUL) Williams (USA)
         
  1st Serve % 31 of 52 = 60 % 36 of 63 = 57 %
 
  Aces 3 3
 
  Double Faults 1 5
 
  Unforced Errors 6 29
 
  Winning % on 1st Serve 23 of 31 = 74 % 21 of 36 = 58 %
 
  Winning % on 2nd Serve 11 of 21 = 52 % 12 of 27 = 44 %
 
  Winners 12 22
 
  Receiving Points Won 30 of 58 = 52 % 18 of 51 = 35 %
 
  Break Point Conversions 4 of 12 = 33 % 1 of 3 = 33 %
 
  Net Approaches 5 of 7 = 71 % 21 of 40 = 53 %
 
  Total Points Won 64 51
 
   Fastest Serve Speed 114 MPH 118 MPH
 
   Average 1st Serve Speed 96 MPH 102 MPH
 
   Average 2nd Serve Speed 77 MPH 86 MPH

Thankfully for America, Serena did not disappoint in her quarter-final matchup with Na Li the way Venus did in Australia, taking the Chinese woman, 7-5, 6-3 in 1 hour and 20 minutes.  See the match stats below:

 
   Williams (USA) Li (CHN)
         
  1st Serve % 33 of 50 = 66 % 47 of 68 = 69 %
 
  Aces 11 2
 
  Double Faults 1 5
 
  Unforced Errors 6 19
 
  Winning % on 1st Serve 28 of 33 = 85 % 28 of 47 = 60 %
 
  Winning % on 2nd Serve 10 of 17 = 59 % 10 of 21 = 48 %
 
  Winners 21 15
 
  Receiving Points Won 30 of 63 = 48 % 12 of 49 = 24 %
 
  Break Point Conversions 4 of 7 = 57 % 1 of 2 = 50 %
 
  Net Approaches 2 of 4 = 50 % 2 of 4 = 50 %
 
  Total Points Won 68 50
 
   Fastest Serve Speed 122 MPH 107 MPH
 
   Average 1st Serve Speed 111 MPH 100 MPH
 
   Average 2nd Serve Speed 89 MPH 89 MPH

http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/scores/stats/day16/2501ms.html

Serena is looking for her second major singles title, and is looking good, having yet to drop a set.  She is joined in the semi-finals by Vera Zvonareva, Tsvetana Pironkova, and Petra Kvitova, surprisingly.  The Williams sisters are alive in doubles, and will face Vesnina/Zvonareva in the quarter-finals.

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