Serena through to third round

2013-06-27 16:41
Serena Williams (AFP)
London - Defending champion Serena Williams eased past teenager Caroline Garcia to reach the Wimbledon third round on Thursday where she'll face 42-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm, the oldest woman in the last 32 in the Open era.

Top seed Williams extended her winning streak to 33 matches, just two behind the record set by sister Venus in 2000, with a 6-3, 6-2 win over French 19-year-old Garcia, who she also beat at the French Open.

Williams, 31, chasing a sixth Wimbledon title and 17th major, wrapped up victory in 67 minutes with 30 winners and nine aces.

Date-Krumm reached the third round, 17 years after her last appearance, with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Romania's Alexandra Cadantu, 19 years the Japanese's junior.

Despite their many years on tour, Williams and Date-Krumm have never played each other on the tour.

"Kimiko is so incredibly fit and inspiring. I have never played her but I watched her when I was super-young," said Williams after winning her 599th career match.

"Venus has played her, so I will definitely be talking to her about it."

Results from the fourth day of Wimbledon (x denotes seeded player):

Men's singles:

Second round:
Feliciano Lopez (ESP) bt Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA) 6-3, 5-1 - retired
Richard Gasquet (FRA x9) bt Go Soeda (JPN) 6-0, 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3
Bernard Tomic (AUS) bt James Blake (USA) 6-3, 6-4, 7-5
Kevin Anderson (RSA x27) bt Michal Przysiezny (POL) 6-4, 7-6 (7/2), 6-4
Tomas Berdych (CZE x7) bt Daniel Brands (GER) 7-6 (8/6), 6-4, 6-2
Igor Sijsling (NED) bt Milos Raonic (CAN x17) 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (7/4)
Ivan Dodig (CRO) bt Denis Kudla (USA) 6-1, 7-6 (7/4), 7-5
Kei Nishikori (JPN x12) bt Leonardo Mayer (ARG) 7-6 (7/5), 6-4, 6-2
Andreas Seppi (ITA x23) bt Michael Llodra (FRA) 7-5 - retired
Juan Martn Del Potro (ARG x8) bt Jesse Levine (CAN) 6-2, 7-6 (9/7), 6-3

Women's singles:

Second round:
Serena Williams (USA x1) bt Caroline Garcia (FRA) 6-3, 6-2
Kimiko Date Krumm (JPN) bt Alexandra Cadantu (ROM) 6-4, 7-5
Sabine Lisicki (GER x23) bt Elena Vesnina (RUS) 6-3, 6-1
Samantha Stosur (AUS x14) bt Olga Puchkova (RUS) 6-2, 6-2
Marina Erakovic (NZL) bt Peng Shuai (CHN x24) 7-6 (8/6), 6-2
Madison Keys (USA) bt Mona Barthel (GER x30) 6-4, 6-2
Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) bt Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) 7-5, 6-3
Petra Martic (CRO) bt Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 7-6 (9/7), 6-1
Roberta Vinci (ITA x11) bt Jana Cepelova (SVK) 6-1, 4-6, 9-7
Dominika Cibulkova (SVK x18) bt Maria Teresa Torro-Flor (ESP) 6-0, 6-1
Klara Zakopalova (CZE x32) bt Annika Beck (GER) 7-6 (7/5), 6-3
Li Na (CHN x6) bt Simona Halep (ROM) 6-2, 1-6, 6-0


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