Venus advances after match-point rain drama

2016-07-01 21:45
venus williams
Venus Williams (Getty Images)

London - Five-time champion Venus Williams reached the Wimbledon last-16 on Friday, seeing off Russian teenager Daria Kasatkina 7-5, 4-6, 10-8 in a tie featuring a rain stoppage when she held match point.

Williams, 36, was 7-6, 40-30 up on Kasatkina's serve in the final set on Court One when the tie was halted by the second rain delay of the day.

Seventy-five minutes later, the players returned with Wimbledon debutante Kasatkina saving the match point, the second of the day.

But Williams eventually triumphed at the third time of asking when the 19-year-old dumped a forehand into the net.

Williams, the eighth seed, goes on to face Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro for a place in the quarter-finals.

"I'm not sure I've ever played a 10-8 set. That was pretty intense. All you can think is 'hold serve'. Easier said than done," said the American.

"When we came off on match point, it was like something out of a movie.

"But she was inspired - that was as much as a problem as the rain."

Read more on:    wimbledon  |  venus williams  |  tennis

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Sport Talk


Novak Djokovic has 12 Grand Slam titles to his name, while Rafael Nadal boasts 15. Roger Federer is currently out in front with 18. When all is said and done, who wins more?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.