Sports Now

Sports news from Los Angeles and beyond

« Previous Post | Sports Now Home | Next Post »

Venus Williams upbeat after loss in Eastbourne quarterfinals

Venus_275 Venus Williams feels good heading into Wimbledon next week despite a 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 loss to Daniela Hantuchova in Thursday's Eastbourne quarterfinals.

“It's not the best luck today, but I feel good about my preparation," said Williams, who was playing her first event in five months due to hip and abdominal injuries. “I feel really positive about my matches here. I thought I played pretty good. I thought more than anything I was able to get a lot of great competition. This has been ideal.”

Sister Serena Williams also returned from a lengthy hiatus at Eastbourne, a traditional Wimbledon warm-up. She lost to Vera Zvonareva in Wednesday's second round.

Both Venus Williams and Hantuchova battled a strong wind in the third set, which was tied at 2-2 before Hantuchova took over by sweeping the next four games.

“I was really looking forward to the match today, and really pleased that I was able to win,” said Hantuchova, who advances to a semifinal against Petra Kvitova. “It's obviously nice to see [the Williams sisters] both back. I think they're great for the game.”

RELATED:

Serena Williams seeded No. 7 at Wimbledon

Second-seeded Kim Clijsters withdraws from Wimbledon

-- Chuck Schilken

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Venus Williams. Credit: Dylan Martinez /Reuters

 
Comments  ()

Connect

Recommended on Facebook


Advertisement

In Case You Missed It...

Video


About the Reporters
Sports Now is written by the entire Sports department of the L.A. Times.



Tweets and retweets from L.A. Times staff writers.

Categories


Archives
 


Bleacher Report | Los Angeles

Reader contributions from Times partner Bleacher Report

More on Bleacher Report »




Get Alerts on Your Mobile Phone

Sign me up for the following lists: