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Venus out of Wimbledon as Serena, Federer march on

The Associated Press

Kiki Bertens, left, greets Venus Williams after beating the U.S. player at Wimbledon on Friday.

The Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Venus Williams became the latest former champion to be knocked out at Wimbledon.

Her sister Serena is still going strong, though, after overcoming her toughest test so far this week.

In the men’s tournament, Roger Federer’s latest victory never looked in doubt as he won 37 of 40 first-serve points and stretched his Wimbledon winning streak to 29 sets, beating Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany 6-3, 7-5, 6-2.

The eight-time champion and No. 1 seed next faces 22nd-seeded Adrian Mannarino of France, who beat Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 6-3, 4-6, 5-7, 6-3.

Venus couldn’t complete a third consecutive comeback as she lost to 20th-seeded Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 8-6 in the third round on Friday.

“Just ran out of time in the end,” Venus said. “She played really well. You have to win the last point, and I didn’t succeed in that today.”

She is the fourth former women’s champion to get knocked out, joining Maria Sharapova, Petra Kvitova and last year’s winner Garbine Muguruza.

That leaves Serena as the only remaining woman to have won the tournament. The seven-time champion came from a break down in the first set to get past Kristina Mladenovic 7-5, 7-6 (7-2).

Venus had rallied from a set down in her first two matches. Her exit means eight of the top 10 seeded women have gone out before the end of Week 1.

The 38-year-old American, last year’s runner-up, was the oldest women’s singles entrant in 2018.

Serena took her Wimbledon winning streak to 17 matches, thanks in part to 13 aces. She missed last year’s tournament while pregnant.Speech

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