Lady V after an easy straight sets win versus former French champ Ana Ivanovic (above).

Five time Wimbledon Singles Champion Venus Williams ran her record to 3-1 on the year today, and 2-0 since returning from a hip injury that has seen her sidelined since the Australian Open.  Williams had little problem dispatching former world #1 and former French champ Ana Ivanovic, 6-3, 6-2 in a little more than hour.   In 9 service games, Venus allowed only 1 break point, which she saved.  The 8 times singles Wimbledon finalist who has not made an appearance at Eastbourne since 1998, won a staggering 37 out of 46 points on serve in the match.  Despite winning 69% of the points on her first serve, and making 65% of first balls, Ivanovic allowed 7 break opportunities and was broken 3 times.  The match came down to second serves, as it often does.  Venus won 76% of her second serves, as opposed to Ivanovic, who only won 7 points on her 2nd serve during the match.

Venus gets Daniela Hantuchova in the quarters, who dealt Na Li her first loss since winning the title at Roland Garros.  Williams has never lost to in 10 career meetings.  In the other half of the draw, Serena looked headed for a quarter-final matchup with Sam Stosur, until little sister ran out of gas.  Serena led 6-3, 5-3, and then had a game for the match on her racquet at 6-3, 5-4 before tightening up.  Top seeded Vera Zvonareva, a magician in close matches, managed to break in the 10th game of the 2nd set.  She then won the tie-breaker, and took the last set 7-5, in a match that spanned longer than 3 hours.

The All England Club, which does not seed players according to their WTA rankings, seeded the 2-time defending champ 7th for Wimbledon, where play begins Monday.  Williams is currently ranked 26th in the world.  Venus, who is ranked #33, was seeded 23rd.  Fortuitous news for the Americans, and nice to see them paid the commensurate respect they are due, not that seeding necessarily matters when it comes to the Williams sisters.

Serena will be looking to win Wimbledon for a 3rd consecutive year.  The last woman to do so was Venus (2006-2008).  Both ladies have 9 Wimbledon trophies combined, between singles, doubles, and the mixed competition, though it does not appear that the Williams sisters have entered the doubles competition for this year’s championships.

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