Serena Williams into Wimbledon quarter-finals with win over Evgeniya Rodina
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|Venue: All England Membership, Wimbledon Dates: 2-15 July|
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Seven-time champion Serena Williams reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals with a simple win over Russian qualifier Evgeniya Rodina.
In what was a uncommon assembly between moms at this stage of a Grand Slam event, Williams was in management all through a 6-2 6-2 victory.
Rodina, whose left thigh and proper knee had been taped, usually moved slowly and couldn’t take care of Williams’ energy.
The American, 36, faces Italian world quantity 52 Camila Giorgi subsequent.
‘The seas have parted for Serena’
With not one of the prime 10 girls’s seeds left within the draw, Williams is changing into an ever stronger favorite to win a 24th Grand Slam title and her first since giving start final September.
Some could argue she has but to face a stiff check right here – she has crushed gamers ranked 105th, 135th, 62nd and now 120th on the earth – however they can’t argue with the very fact she solely returned to aggressive singles tennis in March and has now reached one other Grand Slam quarter-final.
9-time Wimbledon champion and BBC pundit Martina Navratilova stated: “She’s been wholesome right here, hitting the ball arduous and the seas have parted for her.”
Williams delivered 30 winners – in comparison with solely 5 from Rodina – and 10 aces, breaking early in each units.
There was nonetheless the odd signal of rustiness – she despatched a easy forehand smash into the web within the seventh recreation of the primary set and at occasions was unable to take care of Rodina’s gentle serves – however she marched by the match in solely 62 minutes and has but to drop a set at this yr’s Wimbledon.
Rodina, who had earned £54,000 in prize cash this yr, quadrupled her complete with the £163,000 she takes dwelling for reaching the fourth spherical.
By reaching the quarter-finals, Williams will return to the world’s prime 100 when the rankings are launched subsequent Monday and will make the highest 20 if she wins the title.
She is presently ranked 181 on the earth however has been seeded 25th by the All England Membership.
A moms’ assembly
Solely three moms have received Grand Slam titles within the Open period – Belgium’s Kim Clijsters and Australians Evonne Goolagong Cawley and Margaret Court docket – however Williams is displaying sturdy proof that she will turn out to be the fourth.
She was delighted that assembly Rodina on Centre Court docket was displaying that “you may nonetheless be a mother and play tennis”.
However as 29-year-old Rodina moved slowly from one facet of the court docket to the opposite between factors, providing little by way of assault – apart from a break within the fifth recreation of the second set – it was clear that whereas they shared the bond of motherhood, their video games had been worlds aside.
Williams broke within the second recreation of the match, then roared loudly when she saved a break level within the seventh earlier than a double fault from Rodina handed her the primary set.
The second adopted an identical sample with Williams taking a 3-1 lead. Rodina transformed the one different break level she had within the match earlier than instantly dropping her personal serve.
Williams wrapped up the match when Rodina, who had come by three qualifying matches to achieve the principle draw, despatched a backhand extensive.
Requested if it had been a flawless show, former world primary Williams stated: “I am a perfectionist. I at all times discover one thing. In the present day was harder than the scoreline advised.”