Serena Williams continues her Wimbledon defence on Friday, taking on fellow American Christina McHale in round two. It is a far from ideal position for the World No.1 with many of her main rivals already in the third round after the disrupted scheduling fell lucky for them.
While Serena’s round one victory over the 148 ranked Amra Sadikovic wasn’t quite the destructive display often seen by her in early rounds of slams against low ranked players, the 6-2 6-4 victory was fairly comfortable for her. This is despite a serving performance that saw her hit more double faults (5) than aces (4).
” it was a good start for me. I felt like it was a solid start to go in the right direction,” Serena said after her match, showing little worry so far as she aims to avoid having no slams on her name for the first time in a while.
McHale will be hoping it will be third time lucky against Serena, having played her twice so far this year and losing on both occasions. She put in a good performance though in Miami, taking a set. McHale went 2-2 on grass in main draws although the loss to Tara Moore in Nottingham remains far more disappointing than her loss to a rising Coco Vanderweghe in Birmingham.
Barring a Serena disaster though, it seems hard to imagine a scenario where McHale comes out on top. While the 2015 champion has shown vulnerability more and more this year, trouble seems more likely in the next few rounds with the likes of Sloane Stephens and Svetlana Kuznetsova awaiting.
Preidiction – Serena Williams in straight sets