Serena Williams coasts, avoids losing trend

16:50, Jun 27 2013
Wimbledon 2013
Andy Murray wins in straight sets in the first round of Wimbledon 2013, proving he can handle the pressure of British expectations.
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Victoria Azarenka is in pain, but hit back to win through in straight sets.
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Roger Federer has eased through in the first round of Wimbledon after his disappointment in Paris.
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Lleyton Hewitt managed to surprise a few with his shock victory over Stanislav Wawrinka.
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Ana Ivanovic has made it through to the second round of Wimbledon 2013.
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Petra Kvitova celebrates in style after securing a first round victory at Wimbledon.
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Kristina Mladenovic plays a forehard - but her Wimbledon adventure didn't last long against Maria Sharapova.
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Garbine Muguruza delivers a big forehand against home favourite Anne Keothavong at Wimbledon.
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In one of the biggest shocks of all time Rafael Nadal departed a Grand Slam in the first round for the first time.
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Nadal was beaten by unheralded Belgian Steve Darcis - the biggest win of the journeyman's career.
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Glamour girl Maria Sharapova made it through easily enough, keeping up her record of never losing in the first round at Wimbledon.
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Caroline Wozniacki fared better than boyfriend Rory McIlroy has over the last few months with first-round victory at Wimbledon.
Carina Witthoeft
Germany's Carina Witthoeft serves during her first round loss to Kimiko Date-Krumm.
Sam Stosur
Sam Stosur took just over an hour to sweep aside Slovakian teenager Anna Schmiedlova.
Serena Williams
Serena Williams got her Wimbledon title defence underway, winning in less than an hour.
Marina Erakovic
Marina Erakovic hit 12 aces and 40 winners as she got past Japan's Ayumi Morita in the first round.
Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic signs autographs for fans after his first round win over Germany's Florian Mayer.
Bernard Tomic
An ill Bernard Tomic covers his face with a towel during a change of ends.
Laura Robson
Local hope Laura Robson celebrates after defeating 10th-seed Maria Kirilenko.
Alison Riske
Alison Riske appears to be among the crowd as she serves during her match on Court 10.
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A soldier stands on Wimbledon's centre court during a break in play.
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A ball boy lays out new balls at Wimbledon.
Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova gets up after slipping on centre court during her second round loss to qualifier Michelle Larcher de Brito.
Lleyton Hewitt
Lleyton Hewitt wipes sweat from his face during his loss to Dustin Brown.
Aussie Fanatics
Members of the Aussie Fanatics spectator group during Lleyton Hewitt's match.
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A player walks behind the net during a break at Wimbledon.
Serena Williams
Serena Williams avoided the string of upsets taking out top seeds at Wimbledon, beating Caroline Garcia 6-3 6-2 in the second round.
Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova, bounced from Wimbledon on day three, watches boyfriend Grigor Dimitrov in action.
Virginia Wade
Commentator and former Wimbledon winner Virginia Wade speaks to the camera.
Grigor Dimitrov
Grigor Dimitrov winces as he gets treatment during his match against Grega Zemlja.
Jesse Levine
Jesse Levine of Canada stretches to hit a volley against Juan Martin del Potro.
Bernard Tomic
Bernard Tomic stumbles to the grass during his match against James Blake.
Juan Martin del Potro
Juan Martin del Potro serves during his centre court match against Jesse Levine.
Klara Zakopalova
Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic hits a backhand shot against Annika Beck.
Marina Erakovic
Marina Erakovic pumps her fists after upsetting 24th seed Peng Shuai in the second round at Wimbledon.
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Grounds crew remove the covers after the centre court roof was closed during match between Agnieszka Radwanska and Mathilde Johansson..
Laura Robson
Laura Robson plays a forehand shot during the conclusion of her match against Colombian qualifier Mariana Duque-Marino.
Grigor Dimitrov
Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov slips into the splits on a slippery court against Grega Zmelja.
Jurgen Melzer
Jurgen Melzer tumbles head over heels during his match against Sergiy Stakhovsky.
Jerzy Janowicz
Jerzy Janowicz gets down low to play a backhand volley.
Angelique Kerber
Angelique Kerber gathers her thoughts beneath a towel during her loss to Kaia Kanepi.
British fan
A spectator in Union Jack clothing cheers on Laura Robson.
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Andy Murray celebrates his win over Tommy Robredo.
Mikhail Youzhny
Mikhail Youzhny salutes to his supporters after defeating Victor Troicki in the third round at Wimbledon.
Marina Erakovic
Marina Erakovic missed a chance to serve for the match, then lost eight straight games to Laura Robson.
Laura Robson
Laura Robson reaches to play a forehand against Marina Erakovic.
Kenny de Scheepers
Kenny de Scheepers plays a shot on the run.
Wimbledon fans
Wimbledon fans dressed in all in pink watch Bernard Tomic and Richard Gasquet.
Bernard Tomic
Bernard Tomic drops to all fours after hitting a shot at the net.
Sabine Lisicki
Sabine Lisicki plays a forehand against Sam Stosur.
David Ferrer
David Ferrer is all concentration as he hits a backhand against Alexandr Dolgopolov.
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Hot favourite Serena Williams is the latest big name to go out of the 2013 Wimbledon championships.
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Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland celebrates after defeating Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria in their women's singles match.
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Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina hides his face in his shirt after losing a point during his men's singles tennis match against Andreas Seppi.
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Sabine Lisicki of Germany celebrates after defeating Serena Williams of the U.S. in their women's singles match.
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Andy Murray of Great Britain celebrates match point during the Gentlemen's Singles fourth round match against Mikhail Youzhny of Russia on day seven of Wimbledon.
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Novak Djokovic of Serbia in action during the Gentlemen's Singles fourth round match against Tommy Haas of Germany on day seven of Wimbledon.
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Jerzy Janowicz of Poland celebrates match point during the Gentlemen's Singles fourth round match against Jurgen Melzer of Austria.
Kerrilyn Cramer
Chair umpire Kerrilyn Cramer watches on during the women's quarterfinal between Sabine Lisicki and Kaia Kanepi.
Kaia Kanepi
Estonian Kaia Kanepi plays a no-look backhand.
Sabine Lisicki
Sabine Lisicki reacts after a point during her quarterfinal victory over Kaia Kanepi.
Agnieszka Radwanska
Agnieszka Radwanska (right) and Li Na shake hands after their three-set Wimbledon quarterfinal.
Marion Bartoli
Marion Bartoli is handed new racquets by a ball-boy during her match against Sloane Stephens.
Sloane Stephens
Sloane Stephens powers into a forehand against Marion Bartoli.
Wimbledon rain
Spectators huddle under umbrellas during a rain break at Wimbledon.
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Wimbledon ground crew sprint out on the court to bring out the rain covers.
Kirsten Flipkens
Belgian Kirsten Flipkens reacts after upsetting Petra Kvitova to reach the semifinals.
Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic serves in the first set during his quarterfinal against Tomas Berdych.
Tomas Berdych
Tomas Berdych squeezes a backhand volley over the net.
Juan Martin del Potro
Juan Martin del Potro drops to the grass after finishing off David Ferrer.
David Ferrer
David Ferrer could not take advantage of Juan Martin del Potro's injured knee.
Sir Alex Ferguson and Nemanja Vidic
Sir Alex Ferguson and Nemanja Vidic watch Andy Murray.
Jerzy Janowicz and Lukasz Kubot
Jerzy Janowicz (right) swaps shirts with compatriot Lukasz Kubot after their all-Polish quarterfinal at Wimbledon.
Jerzy Janowicz
Jerzy Janowicz plays a backhand shot during his quarterfinal against Lukasz Kubot.
Andy Murray
Andy Murray's face shows the anguish as he fell two sets behind.
Andy Murray
Andy Murray throws his wrist-band into the crowd after defeating Fernando Verdasco.
Andy Murray
Andy Murray stretches full-length to reach a ball against Fernando Verdasco.
Murray Mound
Spectators on 'Murray Mound' watch Andy Murray play Fernando Verdasco on the big screen.
Fernando Verdasco
Fernando Verdasco won the first two sets but could not hold off Andy Murray.
Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic is handed his racquet by a ballboy after falling while diving to play a shot.
Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic kicks the ball away on a Juan Martin del Potro service fault.
Juan Martin del Potro
Juan Martin del Potro takes a seat with the crowd to catch his breath.
Juan Martin del Potro
Juan Martin del Potro stretches for a forehand volley.
Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic leaps in the air as he returns a Juan Martin del Potro serve.
Marion Bartoli
Marion Bartoli with the Venus Rosewater Dish after winning the ladies singles final at Wimbledon.
Marion Bartoli
Marion Bartoli poses with the Venus Rosewater Dish.
Marion Bartoli
Marion Bartoli is at full-stretch to play a shot.
Sabine Lisicki
Sabine Lisicki shed more tears, this time after losing in the final.
Sabine Lisicki
Sabine Lisicki had no answers for Marion Bartoli.
Wimbledon
Wimbledon ballgirls wait while a point is played.
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Clear blue skies hang over Wimbledon for the ladies singles final.
Bryan Brothers
The Bryan brothers do their trademark chest-bump after winning the Wimbledon title.
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The Bryan brothers, Bob (left) and Mike, hold up the gentlemen's doubles trophies after winning their fourth straight grand slam.
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Andy Murray lifts the Wimbledon trophy.
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People in Andy Murray's hometown, Dunblane, celebrate his Wimbledon victory.
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Andy Murray celebrates after winning the Wimbledon final against Novak Djokovic.
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Andy Murray reacts after winning Wimbledon.

Serena Williams' iron grip on the women's game has reached such a level that even Andy Murray fancies taking on the American.

Williams showed she remains the immovable rock at the top of women's tennis with a comfortable 6-3 6-2 win over France's Caroline Garcia at Wimbledon today, exhibiting none of the vulnerability that sent her rivals tumbling 24 hours earlier.

Murray, second-ranked in the highly competitive men's game, has seen enough to make him think the ultra-athletic Williams has the tools to give him a match, challenging her in his BBC blog to a showdown in Las Vegas.

Williams is game, but she is not feeling confident.

"He wants to play me?," she said after moving into the third round. "Is he sure? That would be fun. I doubt I'd win a point, but that would be fun.

"He's probably one of the top three people I definitely don't want to play. But maybe we can have a little bit of a showdown," Williams added.

The battle of the sexes has had a prominent place in the history of tennis stretching back to Bobby Riggs' efforts to prove a macho point against then Wimbledon champion Billy Jean King 40 years ago.

The format was dusted off in 1992 when Martina Navratilova took on Jimmy Connors, but with the rules slightly altered in her favour and without the burning chauvinism that had marked the earlier clash.

SERENA'S TERMS

Should Murray and Williams ever set this up, the American wants it to be on her terms.

"I get alleys (tramlines)," she said. "He gets no serves. I get alleys on my serves, too. He gets no legs, yeah."

In the real world, Williams set about returning the tournament Richter scale to normal against Garcia on Thursday, after tremors ripped through the All England Club the previous day, leaving seeds cast aside in the women's and men's draws.

Williams' French Open final opponent Maria Sharapova bowed out moaning about the slippery courts and second seed Victoria Azarenka exited through injury without hitting a ball on Wednesday after suffering a knee injury in her opening match.

Williams showed she is made of sterner stuff.

Her 19-year-old opponent, ranked 100 in the world, had a rasping forehand and booming serve, but could not put it all together consistently enough to trouble Williams.

HIGHER TEMPO

In a rematch of a second-round clash at the French Open last month, Williams noticeably upped the tempo in the fifth game of the first set to break and then closed it out after 30 minutes with a second coup against the serve.

Another two breaks in the second set wrapped up the encounter to set up a third-round match against the 42-year-old Japanese Kimiko Date-Krumm.

Asked to pick a winner between her younger self and the 2013 version, Williams said probably what every women's player past or present has thought: "I wouldn't want to play me at 21 or 31."

The consolation prize for those hoping to see an end to her reign is that she will not be around forever and certainly not at 42 like Date-Krumm.

While the pair have never met, Williams' big sister Venus came through a lengthy second round clash against the Japanese in 2011, winning 8-6 in the third set.

Serena has not forgotten.

She quipped: "I think I lost four years of my life watching that match."

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NO PROBLEMS: Serena Williams avoided the string of upsets taking out top seeds at Wimbledon, beating Caroline Garcia 6-3 6-2 in the second round.

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