Venus Williams Loses, Sister Serena Cruises in Olympic Singles

Venus Williams Loses, Sister Serena Cruises in Olympic Singles
Venus Williams during her loss to Angelique Kerber during the third round at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Photographer: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Venus Williams is out of the singles tennis competition at the Olympics, while her sister Serena Williams advanced to the quarterfinals in just 51 minutes today at the All England Club in London.

Switzerland’s Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka, the defending gold medalists in men’s doubles, fell to Andy Ram and Jonathan Erlich of Israel, and the top three seeded men’s singles players advanced to the quarterfinals.

Winner of the gold medal at the 2000 Games in Sydney, Venus Williams fell to Germany’s Angelique Kerber 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-5) after squandering three set points in the first set and a service-break advantage in the second. Serena Williams, who won her fifth Wimbledon title on the same courts last month, cruised into the quarterfinals with a 6-1, 6-0 victory against Vera Zvonareva of Russia.

“I was just playing unbelievable,” Serena Williams, who hit 12 aces, told NBC. “I was nervous going into the match and I didn’t speak to anyone and I had a bad practice. I had no idea I would play like this.”

The Williams sisters have advanced to the quarterfinals in the doubles tournament. The pair won gold in doubles in both 2000 and 2008.

Federer and Wawrinka, who won the doubles gold four years ago in Beijing, fell 1-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3.

Federer, the world’s top-ranked singles player, is competing in his first tournament since winning a record-tying seventh Wimbledon title in July. He advanced in singles with a 7-5, 6-3 win against Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan.

Djokovic Wins

Second-seeded Novak Djokovic of Serbia and third-seeded Andy Murray of Britain rallied from one set down to advance to the quarterfinals. Djokovic, winner of the bronze medal four years ago, defeated Lleyton Hewitt of Australia 4-6, 7-5, 6-1, while Murray beat Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.

One day after Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France and Milos Raonic of Canada set a record for the longest set in Olympic singles history -- Tsonga took the deciding set 25-23 -- a similar record was broken in doubles. Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares of Brazil beat Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic today 1-6, 6-4, 24-22. The 46 games were the most played in an Olympics doubles set, breaking the previous record of 36 set in 2008.

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