In a rare meeting of two WTA moms in the fourth round of a Grand Slam, Serena Williams recorded a quick 6-2 6-2 victory over Russian qualifier Evgeniya Rodina, reaching the quarterfinals of Wimbledon without dropping a set. Since the very start of the tournament’s second week waved goodbye to the last Top 10 seed left in the draw, as seventh seed Karolina Pliskova fell to No.20 Kiki Bertens, Serena is becoming an even bigger favorite for the champion’s trophy.
Hitting 30 winners to her opponent’s mere 5, while their number of unforced errors was almost identical, Serena delivered a strong showing, justifying her seeding of No.25, which she got pretty much as a present from the All England Club. While Serena scored 10 aces, Rodina’s attack was very weak, aside from the one break she recorded in the fifth game of the second set.
Next up for Serena is unseeded Italian world number 52 Camila Giorgi, who reached her first Grand Slam quarterfinal earlier on Manic Monday with a 90-minute 6-3 6-4 win over Russian Ekaterina Makarova.
Currently ranked No.181, the run to the quarterfinals will propel the mom to a 10-month-old baby daughter back into the Top 100, while the title would again make her a Top 20 player.