London - Top seed Serena Williams had to wait to get on Centre Court but
then wasted no time in sweeping aside big-serving Hungarian Timea Babos 6-4 6-1
inside an hour on Wednesday to reach the Wimbledon third round.
Following on from an epic five-set men's match between Marin Cilic and
Richard Berankis, the world number one and five-times Wimbledon champion was in
no mood to hang around despite the occasional lapse.
The American broke her 93rd-ranked opponent in the opening games of both
sets, wrapping up the first in 34 minutes after rattling seven aces, and never
looked in danger despite having to salvage two break points in the fourth game
of the second.
She saved the second break point with an ace and then blasted down another
to go 3-1 up.
"I'm definitely playing well," Williams said as she came off court
after 59 minutes following a second 6-4 6-1 win in a row. "I had to pick
up my game today. She has such a huge serve."
Babos gave an early taste of her firepower with an ace on her first serve of
the match but then double-faulted at 30-15 before saving two break points and
then conceding the third.
Williams's next opponent will be Heather Watson, the only British woman to
reach the second round, who beat Slovakia's former world number five Daniela
Hantuchova 6-4 6-2.
"I don't know her (Watson) at all, I just see her around the locker
room," said Serena at a news conference interrupted by fire alarm announcements.
"She's always smiling so she seems to be super sweet.
"I know Venus has played her before. I've watched that match a few
times. I feel like she does really well on grass," added the American, who
went out in the third round last year to Frenchwoman Alize Cornet.
"She's doing well on grass, had a really good win today. So I know it's
not going to be easy for me. She has nothing to lose. She's going