Serena Williams eases into second round at Wimbledon

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After a whole handful of British players lost on the first day of play at Wimbledon, hopes were high for 56th ranked Heather Watson to carry the flag into the second round. She suffered from glandular fever recently and has not had much match practice. The Brit faced off against the 52nd ranked American, Madison Keys. These players had not met before this meeting on Court 2. Keys got an early break and went on to lead 3-1. Watson held and the next three games went with serve until the American broke again and ran away with the set at 6-3. Keys began the second set and was broken immediately. Watson held on to her lead until the 8th game when Keys broke back for 4-4 and games went to 5-5. The American then took the last two games and the set at 7-5.

Top seed, five time and defending champion and red hot favourite to win her sixth Wimbledon title, Serena Williams played 92nd ranked Mandy Minella of Luxembourg on Centre Court. Surprisingly for two players who have been on the WTA tour for so long, they had never met before. Going into this match, Williams had won 31 matches in a row, while her opponent had never won a match on grass. Both players won their opening games, but Williams raced through the next five to take the first set 6-1 in just 19 minutes. Minella made a great start to the second set, holding and then breaking Williams to lead 2-0 and then going 40-30 up in the 3rd game, but Williams broke and went on to a 4-2 lead. Minella then held again and so did Williams, for 5-3. Minella got to advantage on her service game, but Williams fought hard and eventually took the set 6-3 on her second match point.

The American number 7 and world number 58, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, faced off against Angelique Kerber, the leftie German 7th seed. Mattek-Sands led the head to head 2-0 and also had the better year to date win record – 26-12, while Kerber’s was 25-13. Kerber started and broke immediately and held before the American got on the scoreboard. Games then went with serve to 4-3 to Kerber and she broke once more to take the set 6-3. Mattek-Sands broke in the first game of the second set and Kerber broke back for 2-2. Games then went with serve to 5-3 when the German had two match points before sealing the set 6-4 on her third.



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