Wimbledon | Bertens outshines Venus
Venus Williams became the latest marquee player to suffer a defeat. The five-time champion crashed out in a 6-2 6-7(5) 8-6 defeat to Kiki Bertens from The Netherlands.
I still really can't believe it. It was such a tough match and such a big fight so I'm really happy that I won this one, Kiki Bertens
Venus was expected to make the latter stages of The Championships having been last year’s runner-up and a semi-finalist the year before but this year succumbed to the plague currently affecting top seeded players. The 26-year-old, seeded 20, outlasted the veteran aged 38 in a dramatic third round clash on Court One, lasting two hours and 40 minutes.
As a consequence she was asked if she was returning next year to which she replied simply ‘Yeah’ and repeated that same response when asked if the fire was still in her belly.
Meanwhile Bertens was more than elated at her victory. “It means a lot. I still really can’t believe it. It was such a tough match and such a big fight so I’m really happy that I won this one,” the Dutchwoman said.
“It was really tough because I played her in Miami, I had a few match points there and I lost so that was going into my mind sometimes.
“But I was just like, ‘OK, keep on going for it, you’re in Wimbledon in the third round, never reached the fourth round so you’ve nothing to lose and just go for your shots.”
Venus confirmed, in her way, that the match had been tough.
“Yeah, just ran out of time in the end. She played really well. You have to win the last point, and I didn’t succeed in that today. The third set was really competitive. It was just toe-to-toe there.”
Asked if she was disappointed her response was again straight to the point. “Of course. The plan is to go out and try to win the matches” and in reference to her poor starts in her last three matches, she added: “You just go out and regroup afterwards.”