‘The Championships’ is what they call this tennis Grand Slam tournament on the other side of The Pond, and I call it ‘Williams-don’ for the way that my fave tennis playing siblings have dominated it.
Wimbledon started Monday with five time Wimbledon champion Big Sis playing a first round match against 79th ranked Russian Elena Vesnina. Venus hadn’t lost a match in the first round in any Grand Slam tournament in six and a half years or at the All-England Club since her debut season in 1997, but she fell to Vesnina 1-6, 2-6 as the 32 year old continues her recovery from Sjogren’s Syndrome.
“I am a great player.
Unfortunately, I had to deal with circumstances that people don’t
normally have to deal with in this sport. But I can’t be discouraged by
that. .. There’s no way I’m just going to sit down and give up just
because I have a hard time the first five or six freakin’ tournaments
Venus did make the Olympic team and plans to be back for the London Games tournament that will be played at the All England Club.
Meanwhile sixth seeded Little Sis’ first round got off to a better start after her shocking first round upset loss at the French Open last month.
Serena kicked off her quest for her 4th ‘Williams’don title and her first major title in two years by dispatching the Czech Republic’s Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-2, 6-4 in a match that took her only 1 hour and 20 minutes to play with the first set taking only 29 minutes.
Serena faces Hungary’s Melinda Czink in the second round..