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Wimbledon 2010: Serena Williams storms into round two

Wimbledon Championships
Venue: All England Club, London Date: 21 June - 4 July
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Serena Williams
Serena is bidding to win her fourth Wimbledon and 13th Grand Slam title

By David Ornstein
BBC Sport at Wimbledon

Defending champion Serena Williams produced a ruthless display to crush Michelle Larcher de Brito 6-0 6-4 and march into round two of Wimbledon.

Top seed Williams made a blistering start on a sun-drenched Centre Court, breaking her Portuguese opponent three times in a 21-minute opening set.

Larcher de Brito, 17, battled admirably in the second but an early break and Williams's extra power proved decisive.

Next up for the American is Anna Chakvetadze, who beat Andrea Petkovic.

The emphatic nature of Williams's victory will fill the three-time champion with confidence ahead of what is sure to be a testing fortnight.

"I'm relieved to get through because she (Larcher de Brito) is a really good player," Williams told BBC Sport. "It's great to be here, fit and healthy.

"Hopefully I'll play in front of the Queen (on Thursday) but also hopefully not because I might get a little bit nervous."

Serena admits to royal nerves

Williams is seeking a 13th Grand Slam singles title, which would see her move one clear of Billie Jean King in the all-time list, and on this evidence she has every chance of capturing it at SW19 on 3 July.

She returned to the scene of her 2009 triumph to a rapturous ovation and quickly set about dismantling Larcher de Brito's game.

Decked in a strawberries and cream-inspired outfit, Williams reeled off a couple of stunning winners en route to a break of serve in the opening game.

An unreturnable serve saw her hold to 15 against a player she beat 4-6 6-3 6-2 in their only previous meeting - on the Stanford hard courts in 2008 - and she gained the double-break when Larcher de Brito put a forehand long.

The Florida-based Portuguese was struggling to get close to Williams's serve and three aces in game four took the reigning Australian Open champion to within touching distance of the set.

Larcher de Brito failed to serve much quicker than 85mph and, with a crosscourt backhand into the tramlines, she was broken to 15 in game five before Williams served out with another thumping ace.

606: DEBATE

Statistics showed that Larcher de Brito was getting 0.5 seconds to react to Williams' serve but the real problems were on her own delivery and she netted a backhand to concede an early break in the second set.

Two more aces helped Serena move into a 2-0 lead and, while clearly in awe of the world number one, Larcher de Brito was bouyed by good support from the Centre Court crowd.

The talented right-hander from Lisbon, well known for her on-court decibel levels, began to rally and a succession of well-placed passing shots made for three successive service holds.

Faced with some extremely aggressive strokemaking, Williams's level seemed to drop a touch. But she remained consistent on serve and started to move far better as the set wore on.

A match point came and went on the Larcher de Brito serve in game nine but Williams made no mistake in game 10, closing out a 63-minute win with two aces down the middle.

Late in the evening Serena returned to the courts in partnership with sister Venus in the first round of the women's doubles - beating Julie Ditty and Renata Voracova (Cze) 6-4 6-2.



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