Lady V in her grass court whites (above).

Venus Williams fought hard in her 3rd match back from the hip injury that has seen her out of action since the Australian Open.  But in her quarter-final today at Eastbourne against Daniela Hantuchova, she dropped a 3 setter, 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 in 2 hours and 23 minutes.

For Venus, who proclaimed she was “here to win” over the weekend, the outcome is not a total loss.  In her 3 matches this week, Venus got in about 5 and 1/2 hours of court time, and now gets 3-4 days to rest up before the main event begins. 

For Hantuchova, it was a monumental win–her first ever–against Venus, who is now 10-1 against the Slovak.  Today’s match makes us recall the 18th career encounter between Bjorn Borg and Queens’ own, Vitas Gerulaitis, when Vitas notched his first win ever against the Swedish machine.

Gerulaitis walked into the press room straightfaced, after that matchup in Palm Beach, and said “Nobody beats Vita Gerulaitis 18 times in a row.”

Vitas is missed.  As was Venus.

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