Jelena Rallies, Venus Cruises
Published June 23, 2010 12:00
Makarova, who had won her last 18 sets - all on grass through the qualies and main draw of Eastbourne and the first round here - fell behind early against five-time Wimbledon champion Williams and never quite caught up, not even holding a game point until 60 10 and eventually losing in straights, 60 64.
"She's been playing really well. The grass suits her game," Williams said. "I was happy to get off to a good start and close it out at the end."
Williams' match was going on as John Isner and Nicolas Mahut were fighting it out on Court 18 - a match that was eventually suspended at an amazing 59-59 in the fifth set. The match has shattered all kinds of records, such as most games in a match, longest match time, most aces in a match...
"It's amazing. It's a marathon. It's longer than a marathon," Williams said. "I don't think I'd move. If you move, you lose your seat."
Next up for Williams will be No.26 seed Alisa Kleybanova. Williams and Kleybanova are 1-1 head-to-head, with Williams winning their first meeting on grass and Kleybanova winning their second meeting on clay.
No.4 seed Jelena Jankovic had more trouble in her match but was also able to advance, rallying from a break down in the third set to dispatch Aleksandra Wozniak, 46 62 64. Jankovic will next play No.28 seed Alona Bondarenko, the third time in three majors this year they will square off in the third round. Jankovic leads Bondarenko in the head-to-head, 10-1.
In the three upsets of the day, Angelique Kerber rallied past No.13 seed Shahar Peer, 36 63 64; Regina Kulikova beat No.30 seed Yaroslava Shvedova, 62 64; and Jarmila Groth beat No.33 seed Melanie Oudin, 64 63.
Daniela Hantuchova, the No.24 seed, finished up her first round match against Vania King, 67(4) 76(4) 63. Hantuchova had been down 4-1 in the second set but evened it at a set apiece on Tuesday night when the match was stopped for darkness; Hantuchova took the third set Wednesday.