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Serena into Wimbledon third round

Saturday, June 28, 2014

LONDON - Serena Williams has handed South Africa's Chanelle Scheepers a Wimbledon masterclass as the five-time champion raced into the third round with a 6-1 6-1 victory.

Top seed Williams needed only an hour to dismiss Anna Tatishvili in the first round and the world No.1 was even more ruthless against Scheepers, crushing her in 49 minutes to set up a last 32 meeting with French 25th seed Alize Cornet.

The 32-year-old had seethed over her shock first round exit against Garbine Muguruza at the French Open last month and appears intent on taking out those frustrations on her Wimbledon opponents.

Serena, overwhelmed Scheepers with 26 winners, compared with five from the world No.94, and eight aces.

Williams admitted being expected to rout lower ranked opponents like Scheepers can sometimes be a burden, but she is thriving despite the pressure of her status as tournament favourite.

"It's been like that for the past two or three years. I am always the favourite and that can be a bit of pressure, but it's OK. I have learnt to deal with it," Serena said.

Elsewhere, Serb 11th seed Ana Ivanovic defeated China's Zheng Jie 6-4 6-0 to avenge her defeat of four years ago.

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