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Wimbledon dream over for Anne after Venus showdown

PUBLISHED: 10:27 27 June 2008 | UPDATED: 15:11 07 September 2010

CUMBERLAND'S Anne Keothavong underlined her big improvement this year by pushing defending Wimbledon champion Venus Williams hard in yesterday s second round clash on Centre Court, writes Patrick Mooney. The British No.1, who became the first British woma

CUMBERLAND'S Anne Keothavong underlined her big improvement this year by pushing defending Wimbledon champion Venus Williams hard in yesterday's second round clash on Centre Court, writes Patrick Mooney.

The British No.1, who became the first British woman since Sam Smith in 1999 to qualify automatically for the main draw, eventually lost 7-5, 6-2.

However, the 24-year-old Keothavong had chances to move ahead in the first set, particularly on Williams's serve. At 2-2, the Briton had eight break points but was unable to take any of them. But Williams did not have it all her own way and the set looked to be heading for a tie-break until at 6-5 and 30-all Williams produced two raking forehands to win it 7-5.

Keothavong was soon broken in the second set as Williams took a 4-1 lead and although the Briton powered down some stinging deliveries, the four-times champion went on to clinch the set 6-2.

However, Keothavong, who defeated America's Vania King in her first round, is still in the women's doubles with Melanie South after the pair defeated China's Chunmel Ji and Shengnan Sun in straight sets.

Meanwhile, Globe's Alex Bogdanovic and Jonathan Marray went down 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), 6-1 to the second seeds Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic in the first round of the men's doubles on Thursday.

And Bogdanovic later also crashed out of the mixed doubles with Mel South in three sets.


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