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Venus, Serena through to quarters

STANFORD, July 31 – Venus Williams booked a date in the WTA Bank of the West quarter-finals with Russian star Maria Sharapova by matching top-seeded sister Serena with a straight-set triumph on Thursday.VENUSSecond-seeded Venus defeated Russia’s Alla Kudryavtseva 6-1, 7-5 while Serena fired 10 aces to oust Hungary’s Melinda Czink 6-3, 7-6 (9/7) in second-round matches at the 700,000-dollar hardcourt tournament.

Sharapova is 3-2 lifetime against Venus, winning most recently at Miami in 2007. Venus took her only wins over Sharapova at Wimbledon in 2005 and 2007.

"My key is to execute my game as best I can," Venus Williams said. "There’s no secret to that. I feel like it will be a good matchup for me. I always enjoy playing against Maria."

Venus Williams, whose seven Grand Slam titles include five Wimbledon crowns, faces three-time Slam winner Sharapova as the Russian beauty queen is on the rebound from right shoulder surgery.

"I’m excited," Sharapova said. "I love playing against her and it has been a while. It’s great to come back and have the chance to play against a great player like Venus, who is at the top of her game right now."

Serena Williams, an 11-time Grand Slam champion who won the Australian Open and Wimbledon crowns this year, has won nine matches in a row and 13 of her past 14. She will face Aussie Samantha Stosur in another quarter-final Friday.

"It should be a good match," Serena Williams said. "She has improved tons – leaps and bounds. I’ve been a little bit off this whole week. I hope I can get back on."

French eighth seed Marion Bartoli eliminated Amerrican Melanie Oudin 7-5, 6-4 and will next face Serbian fourth seed Jelena Jankovic, who rallied to defeat Germany’s Sabine Lisicki 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.

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  1. Winjila

    December 10, 2012 at 10:35 am

    It is unfortunate that we are not registering as voters. Ironically, those of us who speak loudly on who should be elected and why are not registered. Just yeasterday, I went beyond my civic duty (i registered within the first week) of mobilising highly learned Kenyans and taking them to the nearest registration centre and standing at the station to ensure they registered. Each did not take more than five minutes despite their earlier excuses that they had urgent issues to attend to and that the registration process would delay them

    • Peris Auntie Ya Otto

      December 11, 2012 at 4:55 pm

      Thank you for your dedication to ensuring the middle-class understand the need for them to register as voters. What could be more urgent than being a part of determining the path the country is going to take? Choosing good leaders will mean they are never delayed from their “urgent” matters in the future 🙂

  2. Kwessi Pratt

    December 10, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Government should just take registration seriously and declare special holiday for that purpose. A day or two can do the trick. Furthermore, if holiday is declared during balloting, what would be so strange if we did the same for registration? Our priorities are certainly upside down!!!!


    December 10, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    I am waiting for the final tally of registered voters to see how poorly IEBC & Kenyans have fared.

  4. Godfrey Kimega

    December 10, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    People have lost confidence in the political process, hence voter apathy. People no longer trust the state and its institutions, as we have seen with rising cases of insecurity, corruption scandals and bickering within the corridors of power. A country where people attack police officers openly is a country where state authority is no longer respected. There is also a serious lack of confidence in the ability of IEBC to hold elections, as seen in the BVR procurement mess.


    December 11, 2012 at 5:22 am


  6. james

    December 13, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    well, call me names but i wont vote coz all i see is same cross, same nails. all current politicians are indifferent just too much talk and nothing else. vote or no vote i see no change at all, none whatsoever!!

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