Doubles Down

by: Tom Perrotta | June 30, 2010

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We've had a huge upset at Wimbledon.

Don't worry, Roger Federer fans, your man is still in the tournament, though he's trailing two sets to one against Tomas Berdych. I'm referring to the Williams sisters, who just lost in the quarterfinals of the doubles tournament to Vera Zvonareva (who plays in the women's singles semifinals Thursday) and Elena Vesnina. The Russians prevailed 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. They lost their serve just once.

Serena played with tape on her right shoulder, but she didn't seem injured (perhaps she's tired from serving 73 aces in the singles tournament). As of yet, the sisters have not arrived for a post-match interview.

This is the first doubles match the Williams sisters have lost this season (they had been 18-0, including their three victories at Wimbledon prior to this match). They won the Australian Open and the French Open this year, which made them the defending doubles champs at all four majors. They won three majors as a team in 2009 (Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon) and were 24-2 on the year. Over the last three years, the sisters have posted a 55-4 record in doubles. At Wimbledon, they had been 29-1 in their careers.

In June, Venus and Serena became the No. 1 doubles team in the world to go along with their top two spots in singles. Venus will drop back to No. 4 in singles after this tournament; Liezel Huber can retake the No. 1 doubles ranking if she reaches the final here with her partner, Bethanie Mattek-Sands.
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