WTA Wimbledon: Serena Williams powers past Julia Goerges to reach last 16

Tennis - Serena will play in the second week at Wimbledon for the 16th time, missing it only once since 2007

by Jovica Ilic
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WTA Wimbledon: Serena Williams powers past Julia Goerges to reach last 16

The seven-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams had to dig deep in the second round against the young Slovenian Kaja Juvan, prevailing in that match and delivering much stronger performance against Julia Goerges to reach the last 16.

Serena is through to the second round at Wimbledon for the 16th time, defeating the German 6-3, 6-4 in an hour and 12 minutes, in a similar encounter to their last year's semi-final. The German played on a solid level, hitting more winners than unforced errors and losing serve only twice from eight chances offered to Serena.

As it turned out, it was all Williams needed to control the pace and bring the victory home, dropping just 15 points on serve and never facing a break point to mount the pressure on her opponent. Unlike in the previous match where she had to search for her shots, Serena was in the zone right from the beginning against Julia, hitting 19 winners and 15 unforced errors to cruise into the second week.

Serving at 70%, the American was rock solid behind both the first and second serve, barely losing a point at the net to keep the exchanges on her racquet and feeling comfortable on the court, something that wasn't always the case in the recent past.

Goerges fended off three break points in the second game to avoid an early setback before losing serve at 15 in game six to send Serena 4-2 up after a forehand error. Serving for the opener at 5-3, Williams battled past two deuces and landed two winners for a 6-3 after 30 minutes, hoping for more of the same in set number two.

There, we saw nine comfortable holds on both sides and one loose service game from Goerges that cost her the match. At 2-2, Serena converted the fourth break point with a perfect return, opening the gap and sailing towards the finish line with a comfortable hold in game ten to seal the deal and stay on the course for another Wimbledon crown.

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