There was supposed to be an All-Williams affair in the third round of the French Open. Everybody was ready for it, even in the interviews after the first rounds the sisters weren't too scared to talk about it. Tennis experts and fans though, didn't consider Anna Schmiedlova.
The 19-year-old from Kosice, in Slovakia, was on fire on Wednesday at the French Open. The World No.56 played an impressive match of tennis. After losing the first set 6-2, Anna started to become more aggressive, hitting winner after winner with her forehand, pushing Williams around the court.
The slow surface and the heavy court helped the young and talented Slovak in her upset against the 2002 Runner-up in Paris. In the third set, Schmiedlova went up 5-2m then 5-3 and 5-4, as Venus managed to hit some impressive returns and forehand winners to find her way back into the final set.
That wasn't enough for the American today. Anna was brave enough to go for her shots when it mattered the most. Serving for the match at 5-4 and 30-30 it was the American who gave away an easy point, missing a forehand in the corridor.
It was all Anna needed to be confident and go on to close the contest with the final score of 2-6 6-3 6-4 after 2 hours and 14 minutes. In press conference Venus said: "I think she played very well, in the second and third I made way too many errors.
It just wasn't my day today. My first serve wasn't going in, I played too many second serves" The former World No.1 also admitted: "I felt I was going to most likely win this match, and meet Serena in the third round.
Both of us were expecting to play against one another in the third round, but I definitively hope Serena can come back and win". "Wimbledon is my next focus, but I haven't thought about it yet..."