Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Venus Williams out at U.S. Open

NEW YORK — A day before facing Venus Williams — and a partisan crowd — at the U.S. Open, Italy's Sara Errani came across a video posted on Twitter that gave her a little extra motivation.

It showed former players and coaches Brad Gilbert and Darren Cahill forecasting Friday at Flushing Meadows. Both picked Williams to win.

The 13th-seeded Errani's ears perked up, particularly when Gilbert referred to her "cottage cheese" serve and predicted she would win only four games.

So much for that. In a riveting third-round match of wild momentum swings, 19th seed Williams, a two-time U.S. Open champion, came within two points of victory four times before succumbing to Errani 6-0, 0-6, 7-6 (7-5).

"Let's just say that during the match I thought about that (video) more than once," Errani, 27, said.

Williams is 34, has an autoimmune disease and hasn't been to the fourth round at a major since 2011. She also played a doubles match Thursday with her sister Serena that lasted about 21/2 hours and finished shortly before 8 p.m.

"I guess the schedule definitely wasn't ideal," Williams said. "It was just such a late match."

After losing to Errani, Williams played doubles again and won. She was treated by a trainer during the match.

Williams, 3-0 against Errani until Friday, did not blame injury or fatigue for the way she failed to close out Errani, including getting broken while serving at 5-3 in the third.

"I went for too much," said Williams, who made 52 unforced errors. "She just played one of the best matches of her life."

Errani faces qualifier Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, who stunned second-ranked Simona Halep 7-6 (8-6), 6-2. Lucic-Baroni, 32, hadn't made a Grand Slam round of 16 since 1999, waylaid by injuries and financial struggles. Sixth seed Angelique Kerber also was upset, losing 6-1, 7-5 to Switzerland's Belinda Bencic, 17. Bencic is coached by Martina Hingis' mother, Melanie Molitor, and made it to the third round of Wimbledon this year.

Tenth seed Caroline Wozniacki advanced to the fourth round for the first time since 2011 by beating Andrea Petkovic 6-3, 6-2.

No. 5 Maria Sharapova played 2013 Wimbledon runnerup Sabine Lisicki in the night's last match.

The men's draw, in contrast, has gone pretty much to form. No. 2 Roger Federer's 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 win over Sam Groth closed the second round with only two top-20 men departed: No. 11 Ernests Gulbis and No. 15 Fabio Fognini, both eliminated Friday.

Today's key matches

Men: Novak Djokovic (1) vs. Sam Querrey; Stan Wawrinka (3) vs. Blaz Kavcic; Milos Raonic (5) vs. Victor Estrella Burgos; Andy Murray (8) vs. Andrey Kuznetsov; Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (9) vs. Pablo Carreno Busta; John Isner (13) vs. Philipp Kohlschreiber (22); Tommy Robredo (16) vs. Nick Kyrgios

Women: Serena Williams (1) vs. Varvara Lepchenko; Petra Kvitova (3) vs. Aleksandra Krunic; Eugenie Bouchard (7) vs. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (30); Flavia Pennetta (11) vs. Nicole Gibbs; Victoria Azarenka (16) vs. Elena Vesnina

TV: 11 a.m., Ch. 10, CBS Sports Network; 3:30 p.m., CBSSN; 7, Tennis

Venus Williams out at U.S. Open 08/29/14 [Last modified: Friday, August 29, 2014 11:21pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Kentucky recruit, former Tampa Catholic star Kevin Knox among top prospects for 2018 NBA Draft


    Less than 24 hours after the NBA Draft, analysts have already begun looking ahead to 2018.

    Tampa Catholic star Kevin Knox finishes a layup during the McDonald's All-American game in March at the United Center in Chicago. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  2. Illinois is recruiting a 10-year-old. Where will Lovie Smith be by the time the kid can sign?


    Today in ridiculous recruiting news, Lovie Smith's Illinois football team offered a scholarship to a 10-year-old.

  3. Rays series preview: Who are the Orioles?


    After an off day Thursday, the Rays remain at Tropicana Field for a three-game series against the AL East rival Orioles. Here's the information you need to know about Baltimore before the action kicks off.

    Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Chris Tillman, left, has posted the highest ERA of his career this season, while catcher Welington Castillo, center, has slumped recently.
  4. Harmeling first woman to receive lifetime honor at Sneaker Soiree in Tampa

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — For the last quarter-century, she has combined passion and meticulousness to keep the Gasparilla Distance Classic humming and evolving. Indefatigable and detailed, Susan Harmeling braces for every race-weekend contingency.

    Susan Harmeling gives a speech after accepting an award  during the annual Sneaker Soiree, at TPepin's Hospitality Centre, Thursday, June 22, 2017.
  5. Morning after off day: Rays ready for slumping O's


    The Rays will attempt tonight to do what so far has been impossible this season: climb four games above .500.

    The Rays expect Evan Longoria to be back in the lineup for tonight's game.