Serena Williams is into week two at Wimbledon.
For the 16th time in her career the former world number one and seven time champion in London had advanced to the fourth round with her best performance so far.
The American has had a mixture of opponents on route to round four.
First up was 31 year old Gatto-Manticone making her debut at Wimbledon giving Serena a test in the second set but losing 6-2 7-5. It was such a moment for the Italian who moments after losing took a selfie with Serena.
Next up was the youngster Kaja Juan from Slovenia who came through qualifying and saw off Kristina Pliskova in round one who of course went far in Birmingham. The 18 year old who won two golds at the Youth Olympic Games took a set off Serena but the 23 time major winner came through.
Today was her semi-final opponent from last year, Julia Georges. It was Serena’s best performance so far.
I felt there was more control and composure in this one than in the previous round.
Everything just felt good today watching on. She hit the ball cleanly and was thorough with her whole game without facing a break point in the entire match which is a positive going forward.
0 double faults
71% first serves in
31/41 first serve won (76%)
12/17 second serve won (71%)
12/13 net points won
15 unforced errors
Good form going forward into the business week!
Next up for Serena? Carla Suarez Navarro.
Serena leads the head to head 6-0 with no wins for Carla or even a set of tennis in that matter.
Serena has won 72 games of tennis to the 16 of Carla’s with Serena in their previous meetings dishing out four bagel sets but they have never met on the grass.
Carla’s game is strong with the backhand and her ability to switch it up but has struggled the power of Serena and I just can’t see a way Serena loses this one at all. It would be a major upset, probably biggest of the year.