Nineteen years after the first one, the seven-time Wimbledon champion is through to her 14th Wimbledon quarter-final, defeating Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2, 6-2 in 63 minutes. It was another fine performance for the American, just like in the previous round, keeping the points on her racquet and delivering 21 winners and 19 unforced errors to leave the Spaniard with no answer.
Dropping only 15 points behind the initial shot, Serena fended off two out of three break points to mount the pressure on the other side of the net, taking more than a half of the return points and earning five breaks from 11 chances to stay in front all the time.
Williams kicked off the encounter with a break in the first game after a forehand error from Suarez Navarro, producing three easy holds and securing another break in game seven when Carla netted a backhand. Saving two break points at 5-2, Serena closed the opener after 31 minutes when the Spaniard sprayed a backhand error, hoping for more of the same in the rest of the clash.
Just like in the opener, Williams broke at the beginning of the second set with a return winner, forcing an error from her rival in the third game to convert the fifth break chance and move 3-0 up. Out of sudden, Carla pulled one break back at love in game four when Serena netted a backhand before a former champion landed a perfect short backhand crosscourt winner that sent her 5-2 in front.
Serving for the triumph, Williams sealed the deal with a service winner in the eighth game, setting the quarter-final clash with Alison Riske who took down world no. 1 Ashleigh Barty in three sets earlier today, securing an American player in the semi-final for the fifth straight year.