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Serena upset after being shunted off show courts

sports Updated: Jun 25, 2010 19:24 IST

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Serena Williams took a swipe at Wimbledon officials after the defending women's champion was asked to play her second round match against Russia's Anna Chakvetadze away from the show courts.

Williams was forced to play on Court Two at the All England Club as tournament organisers decided to give women's third seed Caroline Wozniacki a Centre Court appearance.

Three-time Wimbledon champion Serena did not hang around for long in the less glamourous surroundings and took just 49 minutes to crush Chakvetadze and set up a third round meeting with Dominika Cibulkova.

"I thought, 'Why wasn't I on Centre or at least on Court One?'. I had mixed emotions about that," Serena said.

"I don't think I should be out there. The only way to console me was the fact I saw so many kids and gave some things away."

While Serena was unhappy to be out of the limelight, Andy Murray put on a show for Queen Elizabeth II as the British fourth seed crushed Jarkko Nieminen, while America's John Isner finally won the longest match in tennis history.

Murray had the task of entertaining the Queen on her first visit to the All England Club since 1977 and the Scot rose to the challenge with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 second round victory that earned a clash with French 23rd seed Gilles Simon.

Joining Murray in the third round was world number one Rafael Nadal, who survived a gruelling examination against Holland's Robin Haase, ranked 104th, to win 5-7, 6-2, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3.

Nadal dropped sets at a Grand Slam for the first time in nine matches, but the French Open champion battled back from the brink to earn a meeting with Phillip Petzschner or Lukasz Kubot.

As if Nadal's win and the Queen's presence were not enough to excite the crowds here, the conclusion of the historic fifth set between Isner and Nicolas Mahut added further drama to a memorable day.