Venus Williams eliminated from Wimbledon 2012, loses to Elena Vesnina in the first round

By on Jun 25, 2012 in Europe, Sports, Tennis Comments

Five-time champion and former world’s no. 1 tennis player Venus Williams was eliminated from the Wimbledon 2012 tournament, after she lost to Elena Vesnina of Russia in the opening round, 6-1, 6-3, on Monday, June 25, 2012.

Venus Williams at Wimbledon 2012, while playing
against Elena Vesnina of Russia (June 25, 2012)

Image Credit: Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images

As noted at British news sites on Monday afternoon, Venus Williams was then making her 16th straight appearance at Wimbledon and had not lost in the first round a Grand Slam, with her recent loss being her first since her debut back in 1997 at the age of 17, when she was defeated by Magdalena Grzybowska of Poland.

According to reports, Williams, 32, who withdrew from the US Open 2011 before the second round due to an illness called Sjogren’s syndrome, had game point for 3-3 in the second set against Vesnina, 25, but was not able to gain control of the game and eventually lost.

Apparently, Williams, who was also eliminated from the Wimbledon 2011 after she lost to Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria in Round 4, lost the first five games and then saved two set points before making it to 5-1 against Vesnina, who ranked 79 in the world.

“I’ve lost before, so I know how to deal with it. I have to give credit to her (Vesnina). She made hardly any errors and served well.” Venus Williams told reporters during the post-match press conference; as she came unseeded in the tournament for the first time since 1988.

“I absolutely love this sport, and I feel like I can play well. I’m not going to give up on it.” Williams added, when asked about her thoughts about retirement, as she is still being expected to play doubles with her younger sister Serena also in Wimbledon 2012.

“The Olympics is what I have fought for this whole year and it will just be an honor to be there. Being able to get to that point of my career has been amazing for me.” Williams noted, referring to the London 2012 Olympic Games, which will start this coming July 27.

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