Having not hit the lofty heights that we have all come to expect from her, world number one Serena Williams was looking to get back on track and find some form against Heather Watson’s nemesis Annika Beck in the third round of Wimbledon.
Williams’ service game hasn’t been anywhere near its world class throughout the tournament and it faltered at the second game of asking, but she showed what a true champion is all about by immediately breaking Beck back, taking the next four games and winning the first set comfortably 6-3.
Looking overawed, the world number 43 Beck seemed to boil in the cauldron of playing on Centre Court as the second set started ominously with her serve being broken in the first game. Seizing the moment, Williams showed the gulf in experience by appearing calm and collected. The defending champion imposed herself on the set and was unstoppable as she cruised to 6-0 and into the fourth round.
Today’s display was impressive from Williams, who dominated from midway through the first set and didn’t look back. Now she’s looking forward to the second week of Wimbledon and what, potentially, could see her finally equal Steffi Graf’s 22 Grand Slam singles titles. (photo: Jimmie48)