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Serena Williams waltzes into Wimbledon quarters

TRIUMPHANT: Serena Williams

SERENA WILLIAMS was in razor-sharp form to easily brush aside the challenge of Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2 6-2 at Wimbledon on Monday (Jul 8).

The 37-year-old's explosive play extended her dominant record over the Suarez Navarro for a 100% winning record in seven encounters.

Suarez, who had never won more than three games in a set against Williams and suffered 6-0 sets on five occasions, made a shaky start with a double fault on the opening point.

Williams, whose game seemed sharper following Saturday (Jul 6) night's confidence-boosting Mixed Doubles triumph with Scottish ace Andy Murray, raced into a two-game lead within four minutes.

The next four games, all won to serve, were nothing spectacular on a three-quarters full Court No.1.

Suarez Navarro was unable to match her opponent for power and was being outclassed. She was fortunate to survive a break point in the seventh game when Williams was penalised for crossing the net with her racquet.

Yet Williams took a rare error of judgement in her stride and, with her usual gritty determination, reeled off the game for a comfortable 5-2 lead to serve for the set.

There was no stopping Williams, not even a challenge on set point that the ball was in by Suarez Navarro, from taking the lead on 31 minutes.

Suarez Navarro fell apart in the second half and appeared flustered after thumping down an ace to open the second set.

Williams held but squandered a trio of break points before storming into a 3-0 lead.

There was then a change of momentum as Suarez Navarro, who fought back to win six consecutive points before Williams, bit back. Yet a brief spirited performance from Suarez Navarro resulted in reducing the arrears to trail 3-2.

Williams was forced to up her game and slug it out to produce some dynamite play in order to rack up the next two games.

Trailing 5-2 the pressure was piled high on the shoulders of Navarro Suarez, who faced the alrighty service game of Williams and succumbed to 30.

Williams, who has played only 16 matches this year (13-3), hasn't shown any signs of her recent knee injury at The Championships and chalked up her 96th Singles success at Wimbledon.

And with the draw seeing seeds continuously scattered, Williams has edged ever closer to equalising Margaret Court's record of 24 major Singles titles.

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