Venus Williams loses in Olympic tennis quarters

BEIJING The Williams sisters are the latest upset victims in Olympic tennis, losing to Li Na of China in the quarterfinals.

BEIJING     The Williams sisters are the latest upset victims in Olympic tennis, losing to Li Na of China in the quarterfinals. Venus Williams, who won gold medals in singles and doubles at the 2000 Games, was beaten 7-5, 7-5. She followed to the sideline her sister Serena and top-seeded Roger Federer, who both lost earlier Thursday. Federer lost to American James Blake. A wayward forehand plagued Venus Williams, and she sent one long to lose serve and fall behind 6-5 in the second set. The reigning Wimbledon champion had three more forehand errors in the final game, and when Na hit a service winner on match point, the crowd responded with the biggest roar of the tournament. Earlier, Serena Williams lost her quarterfinal match at the Olympics to Elena Dementieva of Russia. Dementieva, who won a Silver in Sydney in 2000, beat Williams 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in their singles match Thursday night. The fourth-seeded Serena tried to rally from a 5-0 deficit in the final set against the No. 5-seeded Dementieva. Williams overcame two match points during an 18-point game to hold for 5-3. But Dementieva held at love in the next game, sealing the victory when Williams pushed a volley wide. The sisters now pin their medal hopes on doubles. They won gold in doubles in Sydney. AP ______ Copyright 2008 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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