2012 champion Serena Williams cruised into the second round of the Wimbledon Championships and will now face South Africa’s Chanelle Scheepers on Thursday morning. Williams has twice faced Scheepers on the WTA Tour and won both those matches in straight sets for a 2-0 lead in the head-to-head series.
Following her second round loss to Garbine Muguruza at the French Open last month, Serena Williams began her grass court campaign with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over fellow American Anna Titishvili. It was a dominant match that was typical of a motivated Williams. She broke for a 3-0 lead before serving out the set at 5-1. She would repeat the process in the second set, breaking twice before closing out the match to increase Tatishvili’s losing streak to 10 consecutive main draw matches.
“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.”
Scheepers earned a straight sets victory over Christina McHale in the opening round to set up her third encounter with Williams. While Scheeper didn’t maintain a positive ratio in the match – hitting 0 aces, 2 doubles faults, as well as 11 winners to 14 unforced errors – it was still a cleaner performance than her opponent’s.
Williams beat Scheepers in both their previous encounters and will be looking to maintain her unbeaten streak against the South African on Thursday. While Williams has been vulnerable to early losses at Grand Slam tournaments this year, it is hard to imagine her losing this early at The Championships.
Prediction: Serena Williams in Straight Sets