Williams Sisters Make Quarterfinals in Doubles

Venus and Serena Williams came from

behind to forge ahead at the Olympics.

The sisters recovered from a slow start today to reach the quarterfinals in doubles, beating Elena Likhovtseva and Anastasia Myskina of Russia 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Before a capacity crowd of 4,000 on court 1, the sisters each lost their serve in the opening set, and Serena struggled at the net. But they took advantage of early service breaks in each of the last two sets for the victory.

“We’ve been down a set a lot,” Serena said. “We never worry. We stay calm out there and keep ourselves pumped up.”

Norman Loses

The Williams sisters, who have three Grand Slam doubles titles, won for the 30th time in their past 31 matches.

“We’ve played pretty satisfactorily,” Venus said. “We can improve our level, though. Everyone is coming out with their best tennis.”

In men’s third-round play, No. 3-seeded Magnus Norman lost to Frenchman Arnaud Di Pasquale 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2). The upset left only five seeded men in the draw, including No. 2 Gustavo Kuerten, who beat Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia 7-6 (2), 6-3.

Venus Williams puts her 29-match winning streak on the line Sunday (Saturday night EDT) in the quarterfinals of singles against Aranxta Sanchez-Vicario, the last player to beat her. That was at the French Open, before Williams began a run that has included titles at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.

Australian Jelena Dokic delighted a noisy center court crowd by beating wildcard Rossana De Los Rios of Paraguay 7-6 (5), 7-5.

Tenth-seeded Elena Dementieva of Russia eliminated Karina Habsudova of Slovakia 6-2, 6-1. Her opponent in the quarterfinals will be No. 12 Barbara Schett of Austria, who rallied past Julie Halard-Decugis of France 2-6, 6-2, 6-1.

In other men’s play, No. 8 Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain beat Daniel Nestor of Canada 7-6 (4), 6-3.