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WIMBLEDON, ENGLAND — Playing Olympic tennis twice a day proved too much for Venus Williams, and her workload at Wimbledon will now be a lot lighter.
Williams squandered a lead in each set Wednesday and lost her third-round match to No. 7-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-5).
Seeking a record fourth gold medal in Olympic tennis, Williams still has a shot with sister Serena — who beat No. 13 Vera Zvonereva 6-1, 6-0 — in doubles. They play in the quarterfinals today.
In the first set Williams failed to convert three set points, then blew a 5-1 lead in the tiebreaker. She was up 3-1 in the second set.
“I made a few errors and she hit a few winners, and things can go quickly in tennis,” Venus Williams said.
Like Williams, Roger Federer is also down to one medal shot. He advanced to the quarterfinals in singles but lost with teammate Stanislas Wawrinka in doubles.
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