Williams, Ivanovic confidently beat their second-round opponents at Wimbledon


Serena Williams and Ana Ivanovic didn’t waste much time on advancing to the third round of Wimbledon, especially the American.

Swinging her Nike Lawn Novelty Knit dress, the top-seeded Williams needed just 49 minutes to see off South African Chanelle Scheepers 6-1 6-1, with eight aces to no double faults, 26 winners and five breaks of serve, as opposed to her opponent’s zero chances to break.

The eleventh-seeded Ivanovic, fresh off her first grasscourt title in Birmingham, avenged her 2008 Wimbledon loss to Zheng Jie by taking out the Chinese 6-4 6-0. Six years ago Zheng prevented the then-newly-crowned Roland Garros champion Ivanovic from reaching her third straight Grand Slam final by eliminating her in the third round of Wimbledon, but now the Serb, despite allowing Zheng to convert all three of her three break points in the first set, broke her opponent’s serve four times in the opening set and raced through the second in just 27 minutes. It’s a big win for Ivanovic also because Zheng finished runner-up last week on the grass of ‘s-Hertogenbosch.

However, Ivanovic’s next test is a big one — last year’s Wimbledon finalist, 19th-seeded Sabine Lisicki — while Williams’ third-round opponent will be seed No.25 Alize Cornet.


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