Serena Williams was not even close to joining the yesterday’s falling pack of big names and safely beat world No.100 Caroline Garcia 6-3 6-2 for a place in the third round. Without facing a break point, hitting nine aces, zero double faults and hitting 30 winners to her opponent’s 15, the world No.1 ensured an encounter with Kimiko Date-Krumm, a 42-year-old, the oldest woman to reach the third round at Wimbledon in the Open era. Date-Krum was a semifinalist 17 years ago!
Most other seeds in action on Day 4 also advanced. Sixth seed Li Na avoided a possible upset to Simona Halep, who was on a winning streak of 11 matches, and recovered from a second-set slump to beat the Romanian 6-2 1-6 6-0, while seed No.14 Samantha Stosur defeated Olga Puchkova 6-2 6-2. Seed No.23 Sabine Lisicki beat Elena Vesnina 6-3 6-1, seed No.18 Dominika Cibulkova lost just one game against Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor, seed No.32 Klara Zakopalova survived Annika Beck 7-6(5) 6-3 and seed No.11 Roberta Vinci got past Jana Cepelova after a 68-minute third set. Only seed No.30 Mona Barthel fell to Madison Keys, who is making her Wimbledon debut.
A rain delay is in progress now, as Agnieszka Radwanska is leading Mathilde Johansson 6-1 4-2. (photo: © Neal Trousdale)