Wimbledon 2012: Venus Williams crashes out

Last Updated: Jun 25, 2012, 23:21 PM IST

London: Russia`s Elena Vesnina demolished Venus Williams in the first round of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships here Monday while men`s World No.1 Novak Djokovic had an easy outing against Juan Carlos Ferrero.

Five-time Wimbledon champion Williams, who was unseeded for the tournament, did not win a game until the sixth game of the first set and fared little better in the second, going down 1-6, 3-6 to Vesnina, a doubles specialist and ranked 79 in singles.

Third seed Agnieszka Radwanska awaits Vesnina in the second round after the Pole brushed off a challenge from Slovakian Magdalena Rybarikova. Radwanska ousted 122nd-ranked Rybarikova 6-3, 6-3.

Top seed and defending champion Djokovic reached the second round with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 win over the Spaniard. Djokovic, playing for the first time since his French Open final defeat to Rafael Nadal, will face either America`s Ryan Harrison or Lu Yen-Hsun of Taiwan for a place in the third round.

Elsewhere, Flavia Pennetta became the first seed to fall at Wimbledon after a straight-sets defeat to fellow Italian Camila Giorgi.

London: Russia`s Elena Vesnina demolished Venus Williams in the first round of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships here Monday while men`s World No.1 Novak Djokovic had an easy outing against Juan Carlos Ferrero.

Five-time Wimbledon champion Williams, who was unseeded for the tournament, did not win a game until the sixth game of the first set and fared little better in the second, going down 1-6, 3-6 to Vesnina, a doubles specialist and ranked 79 in singles.

Third seed Agnieszka Radwanska awaits Vesnina in the second round after the Pole brushed off a challenge from Slovakian Magdalena Rybarikova. Radwanska ousted 122nd-ranked Rybarikova 6-3, 6-3.

Top seed and defending champion Djokovic reached the second round with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 win over the Spaniard. Djokovic, playing for the first time since his French Open final defeat to Rafael Nadal, will face either America`s Ryan Harrison or Lu Yen-Hsun of Taiwan for a place in the third round.

Elsewhere, Flavia Pennetta became the first seed to fall at Wimbledon after a straight-sets defeat to fellow Italian Camila Giorgi.

For Li, the 11th seed, the result followed a shock defeat to another outsider from Kazakhstan, Yaroslava Shvedova in the fourth round of the French Open earlier this month.

Germany`s Sabine Lisicki, the 15th seed, swept past Croatia`s Petra Martic 6-4, 6-2.

IANS