That world ranking is looking increasingly misleading as Serena continues to mount a convincing argument that no one on the planet can beat her. She’s made mincemeat of all-comers recently and, against Greece’s Eleni Daniilidou, Williams’ progression to the next round in Cincinnati never looked doubtful.
While Daniilidou isn’t quite of the same class as the Sharapovas, the Radwanskas and the Azarenkas of this world, the former world no.14 and French Open semi-finalist is a solid player. Daniilidou was able to hold her own for spells against the American, but it was Williams who ultimately triumphed at a canter, winning 6-3 6-4.
Serena will now face Polish qualifier Urszula Radwanska who advanced after fellow qualifier Yaroslava Shvedova was forced to retire. Shvedova had already taken the first set but was 4-1 down to Radwanska in the second when she threw in the towel.
Serena will enter into her 3rd round encounter with one eye on this month’s US Open and the prospect of wrapping up a 15th Grand Slam title before her 31st birthday. However, there is work to be done before then, and a match against Poland’s Radwanska is next on the to-do list.