Venus Williams into
second week at Wimbledon
Sally Milano | July 7, 2017
Five-time Wimbledon ladies' champion Venus Williams survived a test from Japanese teenager Naomi Osaka, defeating the 19-year-old, 7-6 (3), 6-4, Friday to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon.
Williams, seeded 10th and playing in her 20th career Wimbledon, took a 4-1 lead in the first set before Osaka broke back and leveled the match at 4-4. Both players held serve the remainder of the set to force a tiebreak. Osaka quickly jumped out to a 3-0 lead, before Venus rattled off seven straight points to claim the first set.
In the second set, Williams broke Osaka's serve to take a 4-3 lead and then didn't look back, moving into the second week of Wimbledon for the 15th time in her career.
This was the first meeting between Williams and Osaka, who was born a month after Venus reached her first US Open final in 1997. ADVERTISEMENT Osaka, currently ranked No. 59, was making her first appearance in the Wimbledon main draw and her sixth overall appearance at a major. The Japanese teen, who resides in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., finished 2016 ranked No. 40 and was voted the 2016 WTA Newcomer of the Year.
Venus will face another 19-year-old in the round of 16 Monday: No. 27 Ana Konjuh of Croatia, who upset No. 8 Dominika Cibulkova of the Slovak Republic, 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-4, earlier Friday.
In other Day 5 action, No. 24 seed Sam Querrey's third-round match against No. 12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was suspended due to darkness, with Tsonga preparing to serve at 5-6 in the final set and Querrey leading, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 1-6, 6-5. The match will be completed Saturday, with the winner set to take on South Africa's Kevin Anderson in the fourth round.
Querrey and Tsonga have met five times previously, with the Frenchman leading their head-to-head matchups, 4-1. They have played one other time at Wimbledon, in 2014, when Tsonga won their second-round match in a 26-game fifth set.
Two days after ousting one of the women's favorites, Petra Kvitova, in the second round, Madison Brengle fell to No. 21 seed Caroline Garcia of France, 6-4, 6-3. Brengle's trip to the third round this year was a career best for her at Wimbledon. She hadn't advanced past the first round in her two previous main-draw appearances at the All England Club in 2015 and 2016.
No. 26 Steve Johnson was bidding to return to the fourth round at Wimbledon for the second straight year but lost his third-round match to No. 7 seed Marin Cilic in three tight sets, 6-4, 7-6 (3), 6-4.
In addition to the completion of Querrey's match against Tsonga, four Americans will be in singles action Saturday at the All England Club, as 20-year-old rising star Jared Donaldson takes on No. 8 Dominic Thiem, Shelby Rogers squares off against women's top seed Angelique Kerber and an all-American battle pits Alison Riske against No. 24 CoCo Vandeweghe.
Junior play also gets underway on Day 6, and men's, women's and mixed doubles action continues, with several Americans on the schedule, including Jack Sock and Madison Keys in mixed doubles, Bob and Mike Bryan in men's doubles and 15-year-old girls' French Open champion Whitney Osuigwe in girls' singles.