Next up for Venus, by the way, will be either Jelena Jankovic's conqueror Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez or Romania's Monica Niculescu.
Kimiko Date - Venus Williams
Wimbledon women - 22 June 2011
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WILLIAMS 6-7(6) 6-3 8-6 - GAME, SET & MATCH - After two hours and 54 minutes, Venus finally has a match point when Date-Krumm misses a forehand long of the baseline. And only one chance is all the American needs as the Japanese player tries to feed a backhand passing shot down the line only to miss very marginally wide
WILLIAMS 6-7(6) 6-3 7-6 - Venus holds once again, but not before Date-Krumm has pushed her to deuce. The Japanese player can't take advantage of a small window of opportunity though and she hits a backhand error to hand Venus the hold. She's have to serve to stay in it for a third time next
WILLIAMS 6-7(6) 6-3 6-6 - This match could not get much closer as Date-Krumm comes through another comfortable hold to 15 to level up at 6-6. No tie-breaks in the final set at Wimbledon remember, this one will run until someone breaks serve
WILLIAMS 6-7(6) 6-3 6-5 - Another very close game is played out towards the end of this deciding set and despite a fierce comeback from Date-Krumm, she nets at 40-30 to give Venus the game.
WILLIAMS 6-7(6) 6-3 5-5 - With the match coming to a nervy end, Date-Krumm manages to keep it together, despite Venus' efforts and holds.
WILLIAMS 6-7(6) 6-3 5-4 - As per usual, Venus races into a 40-0 lead but then is pegged back by some excellent play form her opponent. Another massive serve ensures she holds with relative ease.
WILLIAMS 6-7(6) 6-3 4-4 - Date-Krumm almost holds her game to love as she flies into a 40-0 lead but too wild shots allow Venus back in. The 40-year old then takes the game at the third time of asking.
WILLIAMS 6-7(6) 6-3 4-3 - For the second successive service game, Venus holds to love. Her opponent wasn't even given a sniff in that game.
WILLIAMS 6-7(6) 6-3 3-3 - Two poor returns into the net from Venus and then a fine backhand winner from Date-Krumm help her to hold serve.
WILLIAMS 6-7(6) 6-3 3-2- The 6' 1" American again powers through another game with three big serves and then a delightful backhand down the line to lead in the deciding set.
WILLIAMS 6-7(6) 6-3 2-2 - With a chance to level the set up at 2-2, Date-Krumm continues to make errors and is visibly annoyed at herself. Venus has the chance to break with an advantage but creams the ball about half-way up the net. She then has another chance to break but a shot from Date-Krumm that is originally called out is overuled by umpire Eva Asderaki which saves the Japanese player and inspires her to hold serve.
WILLIAMS - BREAK - 6-7(6) 6-3 2-1 - Venus flies into a 30-0 lead with some world-class hitting but an angled forehand, a lucky net cord and a forehand winner give the 40-year old a break point. Venus then double faults to allow Date-Krumm back into the set.
WILLIAMS - BREAK - 6-7(6) 6-3 2-0 - Williams looks like a woman on a mission now as she doesn't allow Date-Krumm any freebies, forcing her opponent into a couple of errors to break.
WILLIAMS 6-7(6) 6-3 1-0 - Venus looks like she's about to hold her first service game of the second set as she races into a 40-0 lead but two well placed forehands get Date-Krumm back into the game. The American then fires in a huge serve which the Japanese player gets nowhere near.
WILLIAMS - SET - 6-7(6) 6-3 - Another fantastic game in this match sees Venus earn two break points with some brutal hitting. The first, she wastes as she smashes straight into the net, but she does no such thing with the second as she works Date-Krumm around the court before the Japanese player fires long to hand Venus the set. We're all square as we go into the third and final set.
WILLIAMS 6-7(6) 5-3 - Venus again serves, powers and screams her way through a game to get within one game of taking the second set.
WILLIAMS 6-7(6) 4-3 - The 40-year old, who trails by a break is giving her everything to stay in this set as another excellent service game keeps her in touch with Venus. Away from the game momentarily, a quite scary statistic about the Japanese player is that 36 of the women who were in the main draw for this year's Wimbledon were not even born when Date-Krumm made her Wimbledon debut!!
WILLIAMS 6-7(6) 3-2 - Date-Krumm replies with an excellent service game of her own. Some angled serves help her to hold the game to 15.
WILLIAMS 6-7(6) 3-1 - Venus confirms the break with the first service hold to love of the day.
WILLIAMS - BREAK - 6-7(6) 2-1 - A game full of errors, both players take it in turns to fire long, wide and into the net before Date-Krumm turns on the style to excellently save a break point with a delicate volley at the net before an even better drive volley takes her to game point. Venus then hits back with two massive ground strokes and then a simple volley that Date-Krumm fails to put away hands Venus the break.
WILLIAMS 6-7(6) 1-1 - Keen to get her second set off to a better start than her first, Venus overcomes a few unforced errors to hold to 30.
WILLIAMS 6-7(6) 0-1 - Buoyant after taking the first set, Date-Krumm resumes from where she left off and serves out the first game of the second set. A highlight of the game being a left-handed return on-the-run from the 40-year old.
WILLIAMS - SET - 6-7(6) - Date-Krumm wins the first point after the second change of ends with a fantastic passing shot to beat Venus at the net. She then finally takes the set when Venus pulls her forehand into the net.
WILLIAMS 6-6 (6-6) - Date-Krumm opens up a 2-6 lead in the tie-break but a Venus ace followed by two unforced errors takes it to 5-6. Venus then gives Date-Krumm 'the old one-two' to level it up.
WILLIAMS 6-6 (2-4) - The Japanese player takes the initiative in the tie-break as she finds the angles well and leads at the change of ends.
WILLIAMS 6-6 - With Venus looking more like her old self, Date-Krumm appears to be going for the lines in order to beat the American and after a few shakey points, she manages to hold with an astounding half-volley at the net.
WILLIAMS 6-5 - Venus wins her fifth straight game to lead for the first time in the match. The American serves, and screams, her way to a hold to 15.
WILLIAMS - BREAK - 5-5 - Williams is given two chances to break as she powers her way to 15-40 but is unable to down the Japanese player as Date-Krumm claws her way back to deuce. Venus refuses to give up however and hits a huge winner to break back and level the set up.
WILLIAMS 4-5 - What looked like a routine service game ignited into the most entertaining game of the match so far as Date-Krumm hits an exquisite volley followed by a smash to give her set point. Venus then produces a lightning-quick backhand down the line which the 40-year old cannot return. The game then to-and-fros with both players having the opportunity to win it before the American finally holds after a Date-Krumm forehand error.
WILLIAMS - BREAK - 3-5 - Three routine ground strokes from Date-Krumm are sent long which gives Venus a chance to break back at 15-40, but typical of the match so far, the Japanese player fights back to deuce. She then again has another lapse of concentation and hands the game to Venus with a double-fault.
WILLIAMS 2-5 - It's then Venus' turn to get herself out of trouble as three huge serves help her to come back from 15-30 to hold her first game of the match.
WILLIAMS 1-5 - The world number 57 Date-Krumm again fights back from 15-30 to get within one game of the first set. Two backhand winners take her to 40-30 before a sublime forehand winner down the line gives her the game.
WILLIAMS - BREAK - 1-4 - Venus loses her third straight service game when she puts an attempted passing shot way-long past the advancing Date-Krumm.
WILLIAMS -BREAK- 1-3 - Venus breaks straight back as three unforced errors from Date-Krumm cut down her advantage over the 5-time Champion.
WILLIAMS - BREAK - 0-3 - Date-Krumm can do no wrong as she powers Williams off the court to win the game to 15. Two magnificent passing shots give her the double break.
WILLIAMS - 0-2 - Date-Krumm fights back from 15-30 to hold the game, courtesy of some superb ground-strokes that prove to be too good for the American.
WILLIAMS 0-1 - BREAK -The 23rd seed loses her first game to love as a couple of sloppy errors hand the game to Date-Krumm. The final point sees Williams put a routine volley long.