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Serena Rolls Into Second Round

Serena Williams kicked off her quest for a sixth Wimbledon crown and 18th Grand Slam with a defeat of Anna Tatishvili on Tuesday.

Published June 24, 2014 12:13

Serena Rolls Into Second Round
Anna Tatishvili, Serena Williams

LONDON, England - World No.1 and five-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams cruised through her first round match against Anna Tatishvili at Wimbledon on Tuesday.

The Plot
Williams was playing for the first time since a second round loss to Garbiñe Muguruza at the French Open last month, so some wondered if rust would be a factor.

Former Top 50 player Tatishvili came into this encounter having lost nine straight WTA main draw matches, a streak that began with a loss to Williams in Bastad last July. She does have seven Top 50 wins, but none against Top 20 opponents.

The Turning Point
After holding in a long opening game, Williams broke serve en route to a 3-0 start. She later broke again for a 5-1 lead and then served out the set. It was more of the same in the second set, as she broke twice and never faced a break point on her own serve, completing a 6-1, 6-2 victory.

By The Numbers
Williams dominated the statistics, recording 16 aces compared to none for Tatishvili, winning six of seven net points compared to one of one and firing 31 winners compared to seven.

Williams is now 3-0 in her head-to-head with Tatishvili, having never surrendered more than three games in a set. She improved to 55-1 in the first round of Grand Slams and 15-0 at Wimbledon. She also improved to 45-2 against non-Top 100 foes at Grand Slams.

Quotes
"The first game was very important," Williams said. "I think she played well and I made an error or two, but it wasn't like I played a terrible game. She hit some great shots.

"I like the grass. It's so unique. There's so much history here. I love how everyone's wearing white. I just love the tradition."

What's Next
Williams plays Chanelle Scheepers, who was a straight set winner over Christina McHale. Williams beat Scheepers in straight sets in each of their two previous meetings.


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