Venus Williams (USA) vs. Ashley Harkleroad (USA)
First Set, Williams to Serve:
Game and First Set: Venus Williams
Venus Williams (USA) leads Ashley Harkleroad (USA) 6-0
Second Set, Williams to Serve:
Game, Set, and Match: Venus Williams
Venus Williams (USA) def. Ashley Harkleroad (USA) 6-0; 6-0
Venus is getting really hot. She fixed all the quirks that were in her game from last week, and got really aggressive really fast. She was consistently serving in or near the 120s (average speed through the match: 116MPH, fastest: 126MPH), she was blasting her returns, and following every shot into the net. In the first set, Ashley didn't even make a move to do anything, and was just playing straight defense all set long. In the second, she tried to be aggressive, and served a little bigger, but she was no match against the grass loving Williams. Venus needs to be careful though. Her game should work well at this level (just to be sure she should do her homework before her matches), but at Wimbledon, she won't be able to get away with just hitting all power all the time. She will have to do more scouting, and really cook up a gameplan if she wants to threaten for the title.