Monday, July 30, 2012
Venus Williams and her sister Serena were winners on day 3 at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Venus defeated Sara Errani 63 61 in the first round while Serena beat Urszula Radwanska 62 62 in the second round.
"I just wanted to play well for my country," Venus Williams said. "It was just great to be out there."
Varvara Lepchenko also advanced scored a 75 67 62 first-round win over Veronica Cepede Royg.
Venus served well, charged the net aggressively and appeared at ease on the Wimbledon grass.
Venus hit 32 winners to just 16 unforced errors to totally dominate her opponent.
"Oh my gosh, it was really great," Williams said. "There were definitely nerves, but grass is my favorite surface and I felt great out there. It's never easy to draw a top seed. I'm unseeded here, and now I feel like I'm the No.9 seed, and hopefully I'll meet another seed and become their number too. So, one by one...
"I fought so much to be here. There are a lot of people happy to be here, but I'm not just happy, I want to do something about it and play well for my country."
"I've been working really hard on my serve," Venus said. "I really haven't had my serve where I wanted it this year. But I definitely worked a lot on it, so that way it would be a real weapon for me, which is what I'm used to."
Because her opening match was delayed a day by rain, Williams will have to play six consecutive days if she reaches Saturday's final.
"I definitely expect everything to be tough on me almost nowadays," Williams said.
Serena's serve wasn´t at it´s best today, but was only broken once and was able to eliminated Radwanska with little drama.
Serena will next play Vera Zvonareva, the bronze medallist from Beijing 2008, after the Russian saw off Italy's Francesca Schiavone 6-3 6-3.
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