World No. 2 Serena Williams continued her trek to let her tennis do the talking rather than her mouth on Friday at Wimbledon, making efficient work of Roberta Vinci 6-3, 6-4.
“I don’t think I played great today at all,’ Williams told reporters. “I’m just glad to have gotten through it and go on to the next match.”
The younger Williams sister is hot on the heels of world No. 1 Dinara Safina, who has yet to show she can win the big matches with an 0-3 record in Slam finals.
Among other Top 10-seeded results, (4) Elena Dementieva was an easy 6-1, 6-2 winner over unheralded fellow Russian Regina Kulkova, (7) Vera Zvonareva handed an injury walkover to (26) Virginie Razzano, (8) Victoria Azarenka defeating (28) Sorana Cirstea 7-6, 6-3, and (10) Nadia Petrova stopped the run of the Sharapova-killer, Gisela Dulko, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.
No. 14 seed Dominika Cibulkova was an upset victim, stopped by Russian Elena Vesnina 7-5, 4-6, 6-4, while Italian veteran Francesca Schiavone upset (12) Marion Bartoli 7-6, 6-0.
“I felt like the grass was so slow,” complained Bartoli. “It was so hard to win one point from the baseline…I think the grass has been getting slower and slower, honestly.”
Saturday matches to watch for include (3) Venus Williams vs. Carla Suarez Navarro, (13) Ana Ivanovic vs. (18) Sam Stosur, (1) Dinara Safina vs. Kirsten Flipkens, (6) Jelena Jankovic vs. Melanie Oudin, and (17) Amelie Mauresmo vs. (15) Flavia Pennetta.
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