WILLIAMS SISTERS OUT! Ons Jabeur Bagels Venus Williams in Wimbledon Round-2

Published 06/30/2021, 3:32 PM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 29, 2021 Venus Williams of the U.S. in action during her first round match against Romania’s Mihaela Buzarnescu REUTERS/Toby Melville


On another whirlwind day at the Wimbledon Championships, veteran Venus Williams was knocked out of in Round-2, courtesy Tunisian Ons Jabeur. It was a hard fought battle between two sublime competitors who have immense respect for each other. The deadly Court-1 proved to be a giant killer yet again, ending the 41-year-old legend’s grass court campaign.

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The duo locked horns for the first time in their careers, with Jabeur coming out victorious on the day. The American left everything out on the court, but perhaps her age caught up to her eventually. Ons Jabeur prevailed 7-5 6-0 in an hour and nineteen minutes to make her way into the Last 32.

Venus visibly slow

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Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 29, 2021 Venus Williams of the U.S. in action during her first round match against Romania’s Mihaela Buzarnescu REUTERS/Toby Melville

Venus Williams is arguably one of the greatest athletes that tennis has seen, and a living example that age is just a number. However, coming up against a spirited Jabeur at the age of 41 was always a mammoth task. It is no secret that Williams has lost the pace and accuracy that she possessed a few years ago.

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Venus was moving at a slow pace, and didn’t get the time she wished to return more balls. Managing a mere 13 winners and 32 unforced errors, it just was not to be Venus‘ day. Her serve, which was also one of the biggest on tour years ago, was practically absent, as Venus failed to fire in a single ace during the match.

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Jabeur starts slow, never looks back

Ons Jabeur took about half an hour to fully find her feet, but she more than made up for it in the second set. Her only complaint would be that she wasn’t moving as well as she’d like, and failed to convert multiple break point opportunities. Regardless, the 21st seed will be delighted that she pulled through.

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Jabeur’s win means that she enters Round-3 to face Garbine Muguruza in a mouth-watering clash. Jabeur sure did break many hearts by beating Venus, but made her presence felt with the 25 winners she knocked down. How far do you think Ons will go this year?

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