WTA Wimbledon: Serena Williams edges young gun Kaja Juvan in three sets


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WTA Wimbledon: Serena Williams edges young gun Kaja Juvan in three sets

The eight-time Wimbledon champion and the last year's runner-up Serena Williams is through to the third round for the 19th time, ousting the young Slovenian Kaja Juvan 2-6, 6-2, 6-4. The match lasted for an hour and 34 minutes and an 18-year-old debutant gave her best against the greatest possible rival, winning the opening set before losing the edge on the court.

Serena served at only 54% and that almost cost her the match, hitting 24 winners and 26 unforced errors in comparison to 12 winners and 23 unforced errors from Kaja who couldn't move Serena from the comfort zone in sets two and three.

The Slovenian did everything she could on the return, seizing all three break points but giving serve away four times from ten chances offered to Williams, bowing out in the second round after an excellent performance at her first Wimbledon.

It was the best possible start for a teenager, serving well in the first set and breaking the American twice for a 6-2. Juvan moved ahead with a break in game two and kept the lead until 5-2 when she broke again following a loose smash from Serena to take the set in just 27 minutes.

Serena bounced back early in the second set with a break and that gave her the momentum, securing another break in the seventh game and closing the set in the next game to send the match into a decider. Juvan gave serve away at 2-2 in the third set when her backhand landed just long, spraying a forehand long in game seven to lose serve at love and push Serena 5-2 in front.

Serving for the match, Serena netted a forehand to give Kaja a break before sealing the deal with a hold at love at 5-4 after an ace to book the place in the third round.