Venus Williams beats Wozniak, Lisicki sees of Shvedova in the second round of Olympics

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In a very tightly fought second round match, Sabine Lisicki of Germany overcame the spirited play of the unseeded Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan, 4-6 6-3 7-5. Play was suspended at a critical point in the match, when Shvedova led 6-4 3-6 3-2, once again because of the rain which has dogged this tournament and left matches hanging in the balance overnight. The break clearly helped Lisicki to regroup, break back and, ultimately, to take the final set.

Lisicki’s ace, first serve percentage and break point stats were higher than those of Shvedova, who had many more double faults but won the majority of the net points, showing why she is such a great doubles player.

In other matches completed today before the rain set in, the American Venus Williams had an easy time on court in her match against the Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak, winning 6-3 6-1 in three minutes over the hour; while the other German in the draw, Angelique Kerber who is seeded 7th, dispatched Timea Babos of Hungary in straight sets in under an hour, 6-1 6-1.

In the women’s doubles competition, the number two seeded Italians, Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci, overcame stiff opposition from the very experienced Katarina Srebotnik and her partner, Andreja Klepac, of Slovenia, 7-5 4-6 6-4.

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