WILLIAMS 6-0 6-2 – Again Martinez tries to serve-volley, but it doesn’t come off. She hits a clean winner off the backhand side and Venus can’t return a serve into the body for 30-30. A lob on the run goes well long from the Spaniard and it’s match point...a crosscourt forehand falls just wide and the American wins the match in just over an hour.
María José Martínez - Venus Williams
Wimbledon women - 24 June 2011
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WILLIAMS 6-0 5-2 – Venus puts a serve bang on the line and holds serve to move within a game of taking the match in straight sets.
WILLIAMS 6-0 4-2 – BREAK! Brilliant from Venus, as she gets to a very good Martinez drop shot and flips it down the line. Martinez is competing well in the points now, but she pushes a backhand wide and clips the top of the net with a volley to hand Venus a break point...she takes full advantage and whips a forehand up the line from midcourt.
WILLIAMS 6-0 3-2 – BREAK! Martinez fights back to 30-30. She’s utilising the drop shot well, as Venus isn’t as comfortable running forward as she is side to side. A smash gives her a break point...a wild backhand from the American gifts her that break.
WILLIAMS 6-0 3-1 – BREAK! Incredible return of a first serve from Venus as she pings one into the far corner. Venus is quickly putting an end to any sense of Martinez coming back as she bullies her into submission. A double fault at triple break point and Williams puts space between them in this second set.
WILLIAMS 6-0 2-1 – Too passive from Martinez and she tries a drop shot that doesn’t quite come off. That’s a hard fought hold for Venus.
WILLIAMS 6-0 1-1 – Not happening for Martinez. At 15-30 down she double faults and looks entirely drained of energy. She fights back well though and forces the error from the American. Another forced error and she has the chance to win her first game...and that is the first game.
WILLIAMS 6-0 1-0 – This is formidably good from the American. At this moment she is looking a better player than her sister. She is hitting as hard, but she is also moving incredibly well and totally dominating this match.
ZVONAREVA 2-6 2-4 – BREAK! The Russian falls a break behind in this second set. She replies though to claw it back, but in a match with both players struggling to hold, concedes again extremely tamely and the Bulgarian is now a couple of games from victory.
WILLIAMS 6-0 – Venus gets to a drop shot, but misses an easy put away. Martinez nets a forehand, but on set point she pulls out a low slice that Venus fails to deal with. Another chance for the American, but Martinez dominates at the net and hits a winner. Yet another chance...and as the Spaniard attempts to serve-volley she hits into the net.
WILLIAMS 5-0 – A very tight eighth game as it goes to a series of deuces, but Williams saves the break points and takes an insurmountable first set lead.
WILLIAMS 4-0 – BREAK! Williams quickly holds and immediately goes up 0-30 in the following Martinez service game. Too easy for the American as she hits a shot into the Spaniard’s feet, who can’t control the half volley.
WILLIAMS 2-0 – BREAK! Martinez double faults and Venus makes a fine pass down the line for 30-30. Martinez tries and fails to serve volley and it’s an early chance to break. Williams needs to do nothing as the Spaniard double faults.
WILLIAMS 1-0 – Martinez slices a lucky return of serve that limps over the net for 30-30 in this opening game. A long return of serve though and Venus takes the game.