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- - Alisa Kleybanova started brightly, and made Williams work hard for the first set. It got progressively trickier for her, and in the end Venus brushed her away with ease. Angelique Kerber or Jarmila Groth await.
2-6 - MATCH! Venus takes a tumble en route to 30-30, but she picks herself up to secure match point. Kleybanova goes long on her scrambling backhand from the baseline, and last year's runner-up has come through to book her place in the last 16!
2-5 - BREAK! Kleybanova races to 40-0 and looks confident before throwing in a double fault which opens the door for Williams, and all of sudden we're back once more at deuce. Kleybanova buckles, and Williams has the double break, and will serve for the match.
2-4 - BREAK! Kleybanova takes a 0-30 lead, and Venus hits a double fault to give the Russian a huge chance to chalk off one break. Venus swats taway all three. She then reaches advantage but finds the net with her attempted winner. Perhaps some tension in the American as she surrenders another break point chance but she denies Kleybanova once more, then misses her own opportunity. Kleybanova has the next chance, and converts it!
1-4 - BREAK!Reaching for a forehand winner, Kleybanova misses and lets Williams back to 30-30. Game points for the Russian go begging twice, and the score goes back to deuce. She loses the next point when Venus hangs in for dear life until the error but Kleybanova then saves the break point which would. Williams earns another but strikes her killer backhand long. Kleybanova clubs a forehand winner to get advantage, Williams responds with a crushing forehand of her own. After five deuces, Venus breaks.
1-3 - Williams sweeps to 40-0 with an ace, and despite Kleybanova grabbing a point it's easy street for the American.
1-2 - Williams gets to the on the back of a strong backhand return and sets the tone early, but Kleybanova responds with a service winner to the Williams backhand. Williams earns a break point and Kleybanova saves it - and then she does it all over again. At the third attempt the Russian wrests the advantage and wins the game, but she's having to work extremely hard merely to hold on to serve, and the American has all the momentum.
0-2 - Great service game from Venus, and she denies Kleybanova so much as a sniff en route to a hold.
0-1 - BREAK! Kleybanova starts off serving in this match, and looks to be playing at the very edge of her powers. When it goes right she hits winners, when she doesn't she goes long and gives points away. She lets Venus back to deuce with a double fault, then fails to convert game points, before Williams wears her down and breaks.
4-6 - SET! A fierce backhand crosscourt winner from Kleybanova lets Williams know she is still in the game, but it is 30-15 to the American. She earns two set points, and converts the second.
4-5 - BREAK! The Williams pressure is beginning to tell and she earns a break point on the Kleybanova serve. Despite a second serve at 75mph, she shockingly clatters her return into the net. But she will not be denied for long, and gets the break.
4-4 - Williams challenges a Kleybanova backhand adjudged in, and finds that it was a good few centimetres wide. 40-0, and she duly seals the game.
4-3 - Kleybanova not intimidated and strikes a forehand down the line as she opens up a 30-0 lead. She holds.
3-3 - Rasping ace from Williams crosscourt to reassert her authority from the first point of this service game, then follows it with a terrific backhand in response to what looked set to be a Kleybanova winner. Great hold from the American.
3-2 - BREAK! Kleybanova keeps up the pressure and moves into a 30-15 lead, but clatters a forehand into the net to allow the five-times Champion back in. The Champion shows her pedigree to earn a break point and the Russian hits an attempted winner well long to surrender her advantage.
3-1 - BREAK! There's a half-chance for Kleybanova at 15-30 after Williams makes a hash of a rather unnecessary volley at the net. After a baseline exchange Williams finds the net to hand two break points over, and at the first attempt she outpowers the American and seals the game with a vicious forehand into the corner from halfcourt.
2-1 - And Kleybanova duly holds once more. Williams' previous opponents have wilted at the thought of facing her so far this year, but the Russian has begun brightly.
1-1 - Williams roars back into life, however, hitting an ace of her own en route to a hold to fifteen.
1-0 - A convincing start from the Russian, who serves with purpose and holds the game to love.
- - Kleybanova to serve first.
- - Conditions are excellent - the sun is out, and the temperature is in the low twenties.
- - Venus holds all the trump cards going into this match, but this could well be her first thorough examination of the Championships, and if Kleybanova is unfazed by her appearance on Court One then we could see an intriguing match.
- - Her style of play and build has earned her comparisons with Lindsay Davenport, and she has beaten Venus before in Madrid on clay last year. Two years ago they met at Wimbledon, and the American coasted to a straight sets victory in their only other meeting.
- - Kleybanova is just 20 and on the up in her career – and she comes highly recommended by John McEnroe who tipped her to go a long way in this tournament (presumably not having noticed this third-round draw).
- - It’s been blissfully smooth sailing for Venus Williams so far. The only time her previous opponents took games off her in the course of her opening matches seemed to be when the five-time champion let her concentration lapse. De Los Rios and Makarova have been swept aside, and the next challenge is the Russian Kleybanova, the 26th seed.
15:00 - Hello and welcome to Eurosport Yahoo!'s live coverage of events on Centre Court. Next up, it's Venus Williams' third round encounter with Alisa Kleybanova.
|Date of Birth||15/07/1989|
|Date of Birth||17/06/1980|