In 1997, a 16-year old American named Venus Williams made her debut on the hallowed lawns of Wimbledon. The youngster crashed out in the first round that year, but came back the next 15 years to make 8 final appearances and lift the aptly named Venus Rosewater Dish 5 times. However, age catches up with every great Champion, and on the opening Monday of Wimbledon 2012, Venus made only her second exit in the very first round losing to young Elena Vesnina in two humbling sets 6-1, 6-3.
When you are struggling with health, fitness and form, the last court you want to play your first round match on is court 2 at Wimbledon, long fabled as the Graveyard of the Seeds. While Venus may not have been seeded this year, the court did gobble up yet another famous name as she was quite comfortably outplayed by her Russian opponent, who showed the value of being a good doubles player on the grass at Wimbledon, coming forward at will to close points early.