Serena Williams have qualified for the next round of the Wimbledon open with an hard fought 6-2, 6-4 victory over Swiss qualifier Amra Sadikovic.
More than once during that first set Williams screamed out in frustration as she failed to put her chances away and Sadikovic did her best to disrupt her rhythm. Most notably, Sadikovic managed to break the Williams serve in the third match of the second set, taking a 2-1 lead as the reigning champion slapped a backhand into the net.
Ultimately, Williams predictably had too much for her opponent. The world No1 broke back in the very next game, yelling in triumph as she did so.Two years after coming back to the tour, having seen Eugenie Bouchard – a player she had previously beaten – reach the Wimbledon final, Sadikovic has already achieved a higher ranking than she managed in the first phase of her career.
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There was the odd flash here to suggest that her goal of breaking the top 100 is achievable, not least a back hand cross court in the first set that drew loud applause from the otherwise becalmed Centre Court crowd.It was her 80th victory at Wimbledon and it is clear that Williams will have the crowd on her side as she aims to make history.
“I never underestimate anyone. I don’t think it was tougher than I thought. It was definitely tough,” said Williams of the challenge posed by Sadikovic.