Serena rampant in opener

2014-06-24 21:01
Serena Williams (AFP)

London - Top seed Serena Williams took the express route into the Wimbledon second round with a 6-1, 6-2 thrashing of fellow American Anna Tatishvili on Tuesday.

Williams, bidding for a sixth Wimbledon singles crown, was playing for the first time since her embarrassing French Open second round exit against Garbine Muguruza and the world number one needed only 61 minutes on Centre Court to erase the bitter taste of that defeat.

Blitzing the Georgian-born world number 113 with 31 winners and 16 aces, Serena, a 17-time Grand Slam champion, raced through to a meeting with American Christina McHale or South Africa's Chanelle Scheepers for a place in the last 32.

Serena admitted she had struggled a little with the slick grasscourt, occasionally losing her footing and suffering a few bumps and bruises.

Asked how she felt, the American said: "I think I'll be OK. I'll see tomorrow. It was weird. I was fell so many times.

"It's probably just getting my bearings because I didn't play much grasscourt tennis last year."

Given her difficulties adapting to the grass, Serena admitted she was happy to have seen off a hard-hitting opponent with few alarms.

"Last time I played Anna she finished the match so tough and she started off where that one ended," she said. "She can hit really hard and I was ready for that."

The 32-year-old, who has now lost only one of her 56 first round Grand Slam matches, would become the second oldest woman to win Wimbledon if she lifts the Venus Rosewater dish this year, behind only Martina Navratilova, who clinched the title in 1990 aged 33.

Williams, who last won Wimbledon in 2012, looks in the mood to do exactly that on the evidence of a dominant display inspired by a desire to avoid repeats of those frustrating early exits from this year's Grand Slams in Australia and Paris.

She celebrated the win by saluting the crowd for their warm reception on her first appearance at Wimbledon since last year's surprise fourth round defeat against Sabine Lisicki.

"The reaction from the crowd has been great," Williams added.

"I love playing at Wimbledon. You dream of playing here when you're really young.

"To still be playing here is a great honour for me.

"Every time I step out on that court, it makes me want to keep coming back for years and years."

Wimbledon results on Tuesday, the second day of the 2014 championships at the All England Club (x denotes seeded player):


First round
Sam Querrey (USA) bt Bradley Klahn (USA) 6-7 (5/7), 6-4, 6-1, 7-5
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA x14) bt Jurgen Melzer (AUT) 6-1, 3-6, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
Stan Wawrinka (SUI x5) bt Joo Sousa (POR) 6-3, 6-4, 6-3
Lu Yen-Hsun (TPE) bt Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 1-6, 6-1
Julian Reister (GER) bt Michael Russell (USA) 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 4-6, 7-5
Denis Istomin (UZB) bt Dmitry Tursunov (RUS x32) 7-5, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
Feliciano Lopez (ESP x19) bt Yuichi Sugita (JPN) 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (9/7)
Ante Pavic (CRO) bt Alejandro Falla (COL) 6-4, 6-3, 7-5
Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) bt Federico Del Bonis (ARG) 6-3, 7-6 (7/3), 7-5
John Isner (USA x9) bt Daniel Smethurst (GBR) 7-5, 6-3, 6-4
Jerzy Janowicz (POL x15) bt Somdev Devvarman (IND) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) bt Michal Przysiezny (POL) 6-2, 6-7 (14/16), 6-1, 6-4
Adrian Mannarino (FRA) bt Pere Riba (ESP) 6-2, 6-3, 6-4
Tommy Robredo (ESP x23) bt Luks Lacko (SVK) 7-6 (7/5), 1-6, 6-2, 6-4
Marcel Granollers (ESP x30) bt Nicolas Mahut (FRA) 6-4, 7-6 (8/6), 6-7 (7/9), 6-4
Santiago Giraldo (COL) bt Daniel Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 6-1, 7-5, 6-0
Gilles Muller (LUX) bt Julien Benneteau (FRA) 6-4, 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (7/5)
Roger Federer (SUI x4) bt Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) 6-1, 6-1, 6-3
Milos Raonic (CAN x8) bt Matthew Ebden (AUS) 6-2, 6-4, 6-4
Jack Sock (USA) bt Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) 6-7 (5/7), 6-2, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4
Lukasz Kubot (POL) bt Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) 7-6 (8/6), 6-4, 6-4
Dusan Lajovic (SRB) bt Guillermo Garca-Lpez (ESP x28) 7-6 (7/5), 6-2, 3-6, 3-6, 6-3
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER x22) bt Igor Sijsling (NED) 6-4, 6-4, 6-2
Simone Bolelli (ITA) bt Tatsuma Ito (JPN) 7-5, 7-6 (7/3), 3-6, 7-6 (7/5)
Denis Kudla (USA) bt Marsel Ilhan (TUR) 7-6 (7/3), 6-4, 4-6, 7-5
Kei Nishikori (JPN x10) bt Kenny De Schepper (FRA) 6-4, 7-6 (7/5), 7-5
Richard Gasquet (FRA x13) bt James Duckworth (AUS) 6-7 (3/7), 6-3, 3-6, 6-0, 6-1
Nick Kyrgios (AUS) bt Stphane Robert (FRA) 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/1), 6-7 (6/8), 6-2
Jiri Vesely (CZE) bt Vctor Estrella (DOM) 5-1 - retired
Gael Monfils (FRA x24) bt Malek Jaziri (TUN) 7-6 (7/5), 7-5, 6-4
Frank Dancevic (CAN) bt Ivo Karlovic (CRO x29) 6-4, 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/4)
Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) bt Dudi Sela (ISR) 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
Luks Rosol (CZE) bt Benot Paire (FRA) 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4
Rafael Nadal (ESP x2) bt Martin Klizan (SVK) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3


First round
Serena Williams (USA x1) bt Anna Tatishvili (USA) 6-1, 6-2
Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) bt Christina McHale (USA) 6-3, 6-3
Petra Cetkovska (CZE) bt Jovana Jaksic (SRB) 6-2, 4-6, 7-5
Alize Cornet (FRA x25) bt Anna Karolna Schmiedlov (SVK) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
Andrea Petkovic (GER x20) bt Katarzyna Piter (POL) 6-1, 6-4
Irina Begu (ROM) bt Virginie Razzano (FRA) 1-6, 6-4, 7-5
Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) bt Olga Govortsova (BLR) 6-2, 6-3
Eugnie Bouchard (CAN x13) bt Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 7-5, 7-5
Angelique Kerber (GER x9) bt Urszula Radwanska (POL) 6-2, 6-4
Heather Watson (GBR) bt Ajla Tomljanovic (CRO) 6-3, 6-2
Lourdes Domnguez (ESP) bt Petra Martic (CRO) 6-0, 6-1
Kirsten Flipkens (BEL x24) bt Tamira Paszek (AUT) 6-4, 6-7 (3/7), 6-2
Alison Riske (USA) bt Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS x26) 4-6, 7-5, 6-1
Camila Giorgi (ITA) bt Alexandra Cadantu (ROM) 6-1, 7-6 (7/5)
Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) bt Sharon Fichman (CAN) 6-1, 6-3
Maria Sharapova (RUS x5) bt Samantha Murray (GBR) 6-1, 6-0
Simona Halep (ROM x3) bt Teliana Pereira (BRA) 6-2, 6-2
Lesya Tsurenko (UKR) bt Dinah Pfizenmaier (GER) 6-3, 6-0
Donna Vekic (CRO) bt Roberta Vinci (ITA x21) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
Belinda Bencic (SUI) bt Magdalna Rybrikov (SVK) 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
Victoria Duval (USA) bt Sorana Cirstea (ROM x29) 6-4, 3-6, 6-1
Karolna Plskov (CZE) bt Karin Knapp (ITA) 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 10-8
Carla Surez Navarro (ESP x15) bt Zhang Shuai (CHN) 6-1, 6-2
Ana Ivanovic (SRB x11) bt Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 7-6 (8/6), 6-4
Zheng Jie (CHN) bt Annika Beck (GER) 6-1, 6-3
Karolna Plskov (CZE) bt Karin Knapp (ITA) 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 10-8
Sabine Lisicki (GER x19) bt Julia Glushko (ISR) 6-2, 6-1
Klara Koukalova (CZE x31) bt Taylor Townsend (USA) 7-5, 6-2
Madison Keys (USA) bt Mnica Puig (PUR) 6-3, 6-3
Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) bt Kristna Plskov (CZE) 3-6, 6-4, 8-6
Kaia Kanepi (EST) bt Jelena Jankovic (SRB x7) 6-3, 6-2
Caroline Garcia (FRA) bt Sara Errani (ITA x14) 2-6, 7-6 (7/3), 7-5
Varvara Lepchenko (USA) bt Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) 6-7 (6/8), 6-2, 6-2
Michelle Larcher de Brito (POR) bt Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS x28) 3-6, 6-3, 6-1
Agnieszka Radwanska (POL x4) bt Andreea Mitu (ROM) 6-2, 6-1
Caroline Wozniacki (DEN x16) bt Shahar Peer (ISR) 6-3, 6-0

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