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LONDON---Twice, Serena Williams stood
merely two points from a loss at Wimble-
don against a British opponent buoyed by
a roaring, flag-waving Centre Court crowd.
Twice, Williams was oh-so-close to the
end of her bid for a fourth consecutive major
title --- and for the third leg of a calendar-
year Grand Slam.
And twice, pushed to the precipice,
Williams regrouped, resisted and wound up
winning, as she so often does.
Stomping her foot after misses, alternately
screaming in delight or despair, even wagging
her finger at fans who booed her, the No
1-seeded Williams overcame a surprisingly
staunch challenge from 59th-ranked Heather
Watson and emerged with a 6--2, 4--6, 7--5
victory in the third round yesterday.
"I honestly didn t think I was going to
win," said Williams, who trailed 3--0 and
5--4 in the final set. "How I pulled through,
I really don t know."
Her 24th victory in a row at Grand Slam
tournaments sets up a showdown Monday
against another five-time Wimbledon cham-
pion, her older sister Venus.
"We ve been facing each other a long
time," said the 16th-seeded Venus, who
eliminated 82nd-ranked Aleksandra Krunic
of Serbia 6--3, 6--2.
This will be the 26th all-Williams
matchup, and first at a major since Serena
beat Venus in the 2009 Wimbledon final.
"It s unfortunate that it s so soon," Serena
Other women s fourth-rounders Monday:
2004 champion Maria Sharapova vs Zarina
Diyas; Victoria Azarenka vs Belinda Bencic;
and French Open runner-up Lucie Safarova
vs CoCo Vandeweghe of the US, who had
never been this far at a major.
Men s matchups: defending champion
Novak Djokovic vs Kevin Anderson; French
Open champion Stan Wawrinka vs David
Goffin; Richard Gasquet vs Nick Kyrgios.
Denis Kudla, an American wild-card entry,
reached the second week at a major for the
first time and awaits the winner of US Open
champion Marin Cilic against American
John Isner, whose match was suspended
because of darkness at 10-all in the fifth
set. It harkened back to Isner s record 70--68
fifth-set victory spread over three days in
2010, but he and Cilic have a looooong way
to go to equal that marathon.
Nothing in that match, or any other Fri-
day, offered up the tension and drama pro-
vided by Williams vs Watson. Especially
once Watson --- playing steadily, if unspec-
tacularly --- appeared on the verge of a sig-
"She just did everything so well. I wasn t
able to keep up. You know, sometimes you
just don t have your day," said Williams,
who lost in the third round at Wimbledon
last year. "I thought maybe today just wasn t
Sure looked that way when Watson took
six straight games to go up two breaks in
the third set. Then came an epic, 18-point
game that began Williams comeback. Wat-
son twice was a point from leading 4--0,
but she looked a bit tight, shanking a fore-
hand about five feet long, then pushing a
forehand wide to get broken.
Still, she broke Williams at love for a 5--4
edge, moving within a game of by far the
biggest victory of her career.
At the ensuing changeover, Union Jacks
of various sizes flapped in the swirling wind
while chants of "Heather!" reverberated
through the nearly century-old arena. When
play resumed, yells came during points, and
Williams complained to the chair umpire,
"It was really intense today," Williams
said. "I ve never heard boos here."
At deuce, potentially two points from the
end, Williams produced a forehand winner.
Moments later, again at deuce, again two
points from defeat, Williams conjured up
another big forehand.
"When she needs to hit the line or needs
to hit a winner, she ll just do it," Watson
said, "and that s what she did."
That began a match-closing run of three
consecutive games for Williams, who held
at love for a 6--5 lead with four unreturned
"I don t know where she found this
strength today to win it," said Williams
coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, "because she
was so far mentally at a certain point."
Williams broke Watson to finish things,
yet even that didn t come easily. Williams
needed three match points, cashing in the
last with a backhand return that forced a
miss by Watson.
There weren t all that many unforced
errors from Watson: She totaled 11; Williams
"She couldn t play better," Mouratoglou
said about Watson. "She played the perfect
At the moment, even that is apparently
not enough to beat Williams. Now her older
sister will give it a try. (AP)
Two points from
loss, Serena wins
MADRID---The newly appointed president of
Spain s tennis federation has moved to quell unrest
among players by firing the Davis Cup captain and
Fernando Fernandez-Ladreda Aguirre issued a
statement yesterday, a day after taking over as pres-
ident, saying he had fired Gala Leon.
Leon had been appointed by previous president,
Jose Luis Escanuela, as captain and sports director
of the team due to take on Russia in the Davis Cup
on July 17.
Escanuela had been suspended as president by
Spain s administrative court for sport on June 24
while Spain s sports council sent two inspectors to
audit the federation s accounts.
Players such as Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer and
Garbine Muguruza recently signed a letter which
was very critical of Escanuela s presidency.
VANCOUVER---The union for football players
around the world wants to increase support for
FIFPro announced the initiative yesterday, two
days before the Women s World Cup final between
the United States and Japan. The key component is
the opportunity for female players to become direct
members, allowing player representation in countries
where there is no other players union
Former Swedish national player Caroline Jonsson
is head of FIFPro s Women s Football Committee.
She said the diversity of women s soccer is "huge"
and "we have to find a way to reach out" to all the
Jonsson said the impetus of FIFPro s new initiative
to include women was the outcry about the use of
artificial turf instead of grass at the Women s World
Cup in Canada. FIFPro Secretary General Theo van
Seggelen said FIFPro tried to intervene in the issue,
but it was too late.
FIFPro has created an advisory board of current
women s players. The group will attempt to establish
a "functioning international calendar" for women s
FIFPro also announced an advisory board of current
national team players that includes Spain s Veronica
Boquete, Nigeria s Rita Chikwelu, Mexico s Monica
Gonzalez, Sweden s Lotta Schelin, Netherland s Kristen
van de Ven and Australia s Lydia Williams.
"This is a marathon, and not a sprint," Jonsson
said. "But we are taking the important first steps."
Boquete praised FIFPro s involvement in the
women s game in light of the situation facing Spain s
Spain, ranked No 14 in the world, was knocked
out of the group stage of the Women s World Cup.
Upon the team s arrival back home, the team s 23
players called for the removal of coach Ignacio Quere-
da, who has led the national team since 1988.
The Spanish women maintain they were not pre-
pared for this summer s World Cup, with few advance
games and poor analysis of opponents. Boquete said
the team was hopeful a decision about the coach
would come soon.
"We have been disrespected so many times --- and
that has to stop," she said. (AP)
wants to increase
Serena Williams of the United States, left,
greets Heather Watson of Britain at the net
after winning their singles match at the All
England Lawn Tennis Championships in
Wimbledon, London, yesterday. Williams
won 6--2, 4--6, 7--5. AP PHOTO
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