Venus, Baghdatis continue Olympics charge

Williams has little trouble against Wozniak at Wimbledon

19:14 July 31, 2012

London: Venus Williams continued her confident performance in the Olympics tennis competitions with a second-round win over Aleksandra Wozniak here on Tuesday.

Unseeded Williams encountered little resistance from the Canadian player, ranked 52 in the world, hitting 32 winners against Wozniak’s seven to race to a 6-1, 6-3 victory.

Williams, five time Grand Slam champion on the Wimbledon courts, where the Olympic tournament is being played, beat ninth seed Sara Errani of Italy in the first round 6-1, 6-3.

In the third round, Williams, the Sydney gold medallist, will face seventh seed Angelique Kerber of Germany.

Kerber, 24, swept past Hungarian teenager Timea Babos, taking her down in less than an hour 6-1, 6-1.

Elsewhere, Richard Gasquet, seeded 16, was toppled by Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus in the second round.

World No. 45 Baghdatis demonstrated good serving skills, with 14 aces against Gasquet’s five, to grab a 6-4, 6-4 win.

Baghdatis, 27, will face British hope Andy Murray, who beat Finnish veteran Jarkko Nieminen 6-2, 6-4 on the Centre Court later on Tuesday.