Williams not affected by the visit of bad karma at Wimbledon

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)

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