In the women’s draw of the Olympic Tennis tournament on Wednesday, current Wimbledon champion and fourth seed for this tournament, Serena Williams of the USA , continued her incredible march to a first Olympic medal with an emphatic straight sets win against thirteenth seed Vera Zvonareva of Russia.
Williams had lost just nine games on route to the third round after beating Jelena Jankovic of Serbia in the first round 6-3, 6-1, before seeing off Urszula Radwanska of Poland 6-2, 6-3 in the second round.
Zvonareva had also reached the third round without dropping a set, having beaten Sofia Arvidsson of Sweden 7-6, 6-4 and Italy’s Francesca Schiavone 6-2, 6-3 to set up the showdown with the American.
However, it was to take Williams just 51 minutes to beat Zvonareva in convincing fashion, demolishing the Russian 6-1, 6-0. Williams dominated in all areas, hitting 12 aces to the Russians none and an incredible 32 winners.
Zvonareva did have the chance to break Williams twice, but failed to take either opportunity and only won one game in the whole match, taking the third in the first set. The American will now face either eighth seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark or Slovakia’s Daniella Hantuchova in the Quarter Final.
Elsewhere, fourteenth seed Maria Kirilenko of Russia defeated Julia Goerges of Germany 7-6, 6-3 to set up a mouth watering Quarter Final against sixth seed Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic, who cruised past Italy’s Flavia Penetta 6-3-, 6-0 in her third round game.