Wimbledon - Serena sends ominous warning

Thu, 24 Jun 20:51:00 2010

A seething Serena Williams took out her anger at being exiled from the main showcourts by pulverising hapless Russian Anna Chakvetadze 6-0 6-1 to reach the third round of Wimbledon.

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Three-times champion Williams, whose day at the All England Club began by curtsying to Queen Elizabeth on the players' terrace, was clearly not amused by Wimbledon organisers' decision to banish her to the sunken Court 2.

She arrived for her match looking very angry and Chakvetadze was soon on the receiving end of a barrage of brutal groundstrokes.

Chakvetadze raised the loudest cheers from the crowd when she finally ended a losing streak of 11 games but the smile on her face was soon wiped off as Williams bashed down a winner to end the Russian's torment after 49 fleeting minutes.

Serena will next face Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova, who narrowly came through a tough three-set clash with Ayumi Morita of Japan 6-7(4) 7-6(2) 7-5.

Former champion Maria Sharapova continued her steady improvement since undergoing shoulder surgery with a clinical 6-1 6-4 victory over Romania's Ioana Raluca Olaru.

The 2004 champion, seeded 17 this year, made frequent forays to the net to punish anything short from the world number 114 and raced to the opener in 32 minutes.

Olaru, beaten 6-0 6-0 by Victoria Azarenka at this stage last year, offered stiffer resistance in the second but the Russian wrapped it up after an 82 minutes.

She will play Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova for a place in the fourth round, after she recovered from dropping the first set to beat Slovak 24th seed Daniel Hantuchova 1-6 6-2 6-4.

Third-seeded Dane Caroline Wozniacki wasted little time in booking her place in the third round as she beat Chang Kai-Chen 6-4 6-3.

Wozniacki, the US Open runner-up last year, will next face 29th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, after the Russian beat Roberta Vinci 6-2 7-6(1).

Svetlana Kuznetsova's poor run of form continued as she was dumped out of the tournament 6-4 2-6 6-4 by Australian Anastasia Rodionova.

The Russian's ranking has plummeted from fifth to 19th since she was knocked out in the third round at Roland Garros while she was attempting to defend her title.

Rodionova will face ninth seed Li Na in the third round, after the Chinese player eased past Japan's Kurumi Nara 6-2 6-4.

Li's compatriot Zheng Jie will have to wait at least another 12 months if she is to repeat her 2008 run to the Wimbledon semi-finals after she was dumped out in the second round.

Petra Kvitova had never won a match at the All England Club before this week but that did not stop the Czech from sabotaging Zheng's dream as she inflicted a 6-4 2-6 6-2 defeat on the Chinese.

The diminutive Zheng, seeded 23, appeared to have got her foot back in the battle when she startled Kvitova with a barrage of baseline groundstrokes in the second set but she they lost her way in the third.

Kvitova, ranked 62, will face 14th seed Victoria Azarenka for a place in the last 16, after the Belarusian beat Bojana Jovanovski 6-1 6-4.

Reuters

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