Williams, Nadal overcome tough opposition

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:35 IST

Venus Williams beat Lisa Raymond 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-2 on Thursday and move into the third round of the Ladies single's at Wimbledon.

Williams, Nadal overcome tough opposition

Wimbledon:

Venus Williams waited until the last minute to get going. The defending champion, down a set and 5-2, won 11 of the next 13 games to stave off a huge upset and beat Lisa Raymond 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-2 on Thursday and move into the third round at Wimbledon. The three-time champion was two points from defeat, when Raymond served for the match leading 5-3 in the second set, before she roared back to overcome the 84th-ranked American veteran. At one stretch, Williams won 34 of 39 points, including 18 in a row. She won six of her last seven service games at love, and closed out the match with her 11th ace. French Open champion Rafael Nadal pulled off a similar escape act, coming back from two sets down to defeat 237th-ranked American qualifier Robert Kendrick on Centre Court. Kendrick, who plays mainly on the lower-tier challenger circuit, came within two points of victory in the fourth set before the Spaniard took charge to win 6-7 (4), 3-6, 7-6 (2), 7-5, 6-4. It's only the second time Nadal has come back from a two-set deficit. Nadal will next face Andre Agassi, who beat Andreas Seppi of Italy 6-4, 7-6 (2), 6-4 to extend his run in his 14th and final Wimbledon. (AP)

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