Women’s Wimbledon clash
In a feisty fought second round match between Venus Williams and Greek Maria Sakkari making her debut, the Williams sister just overcomes her opponent.
The match caused controversy before it had even started as Venus was drawn on Court 18, one of the smaller courts at Wimbledon.
She featured on Court 1 in her opener against Donna Vekić. People took to Twitter in protest about the treatment of the five time Wimbledon champion on Centre Court.
At 36, she is the older of the two sisters (Serena turns 35 in September), but still has not let slide down the rankings, sitting at number nine in the world.
Serena awaiting her second round match, her mum was watching in the crowd. Afternoon play commenced as Venus took a 6-5 lead in the first set, and with Sakkari on serve, she needed every element of energy she could get to take the advantage in the match one set to love.
But the qualifier showed her resilience with an instant fight back breaking William’s serve in the next set, and before much longer sat cosy with a comfy lead four games to one.
She has played three qualifying matches and a first round match against Saisai Zheng to reach this stage.
Although Venus prepared a minor comeback, Sakkari eventually sealed the set six games to four, but Venus Williams was next to demonstrate her resilience and why she is such a class act.
Taking the set to four games to two, there was no coming back this time. She composed herself to take the final set six games to three.
On court one, World number 124 Jana Cepelova pulled off the shock of the day in the women’s heats as she knocked out second seed Garbine Muguruza in dramatic fashion.