LONDON, Great Britain - No.10 seed and five-time champion Venus Williams survived a determined effort from China's Wang Qiang in the second round of Wimbledon on Wednesday, rallying for a 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 victory.
The two played for the second straight Grand Slam, as Williams was victorious in a tight two-setter in the first round at Roland Garros, but was forced to rally from a set down on No.1 Court.
"Paris was straight sets [and] a completely different surface," Williams said after the match. "I think she just toward the end of the first set started landing a lot of shots. I didn't do a ton wrong. She just had an opportunity to be more aggressive. I had to at that point focus on the next two sets. She played a great match. She didn't let go. When I had opportunities to break, she would play breakpoints, serve well.
"So I have to give her a lot of credit for pushing the match to the limit. I was happy in the third to have a couple breaks to have some room to close it out, so I think that helped. A lot of credit to her, and I hope of course it helps me in the Championships."
From a break down in the first set, Wang won the last four games behind controlled, attacking tennis, even saving a break point in the ninth game at 4-4.
Behind 10 winners to just eight unforced errors, Wang nabbed a one-set lead as also she won over 70 percent of the points played behind her first serve - despite only landing 54 percent of them.
In the second set, both players largely cruised on serve in the early exchanges - aside from Wang needing to save two break points in a lengthy second game.
The unseeded Chinese player carved herself two break points in a pivotal 3-3 game, but saw Williams hang on to serve - and then break her on her third chance after building a 0-40 lead to claim the set.
Williams tripled Wang's output of winners in her second set comeback - 15 to 5 - and was a pefect 7/7 in her trips to the net in a hard-fought middle frame. In addition, she dropped just one point behind her first serve, and dropped just five behind her delivery in total.
In the third round, Williams sets up a much-anticipated meeting between herself and Japanese teenager Naomi Osaka, who shook off a second set bagel in upsetting No.22 seed Barbora Strycova, 6-1, 0-6, 6-4.
Said Williams on the teenager: "I have seen her play before. I think we play a really similar game. I hope that my experience will help me to play that game that we play better."
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