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Serena Williams goes through to Wimbledon second round

The 37-year-old American, who if she wins Wimbledon will share the record with Margaret Court of 24 Grand Slam titles, eased through the first set.

tennis Updated: Jul 02, 2019 23:24 IST
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Serena Williams reacts during her women's singles first round match.
Serena Williams reacts during her women's singles first round match.(AFP)
         

Seven-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams moved into the second round on Tuesday with a hard-fought 6-2, 7-5 win over Italian qualifier Giulia Gatto-Monticone.

The 37-year-old American, who if she wins Wimbledon will share the record with Margaret Court of 24 Grand Slam titles, eased through the first set.

However, she had a far tougher battle in the second set against the Italian, who was making her Wimbledon debut, and who broke Williams’s serve when the American served for the match at 5-3.

Williams spent a lot of the time chastising herself but eventually closed out the match breaking Gatto-Monticone’s serve.

Williams, whose sister Venus crashed out on Monday losing to teenage sensation Cori Gauff, said despite her laboured performance the knee injury that has affected her season had not given her any trouble.

“It is the best I have felt since February,” she said.

“I pretty much had to skip the hard court season and missed a couple of clay tournaments.

“I am better now, I feel happy now that I get to play with my baby.”

First Published: Jul 02, 2019 23:08 IST

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