Hantuchova ready for victory over Williams


Tenth seed Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova is prepared to improve her score over two-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams.

The last and only time the two players met at Wimbledon was in the 2002 quarterfinals and the American won in straight sets 6-3 6-2. Five years later, Hantuchova is ready for a different outcome since she’s no longer cowed by the reputation of her opponent.

“I think I need to step up my game to beat her but I’m looking forward to the match. I think I’ve got a good chance,” said world No. 12 Slovakian.

“I’m starting to feel very good on grass and I just can’t wait to be on the court again.”

In head-to-heads the American leads 5-1, so many people think that Williams vs. Hantuchova match will be just a preparation for the real thrill in the quarterfinals where seventh seed Williams could meet top seed Justine Henin.

However, Williams takes the fourth round match against Hantuchova seriously:

“I know it’s definitely going to be a tough match,”

“Daniela is serving well, moving well. She’s really fit. I’m serving well, I’m moving well, and I’m really fit. It’s going to be exciting.”

Note: Serena’s hamstring is ok now. (via Reuters)

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