World No. 1 Serena Williams took care of distractions such as beating the shit out of former Top 10er Anna Chakvetadze 6-0, 6-1 on Thursday before taking care of the real business at Wimbledon — curtsying to and meeting the queen of England.
“It was amazing to meet the queen,” Williams said. “I mean, it’s just like history. Also to meet her at Wimbledon, and then to have her come when she never comes out. It was a very, very — it was really an unbelievable moment.”
Serena was eventually able to get over her highness (herself) being designated to Court 2.
“I have mixed feelings about that,” Williams said. “You know, I don’t think I should be out there. But in a way, I feel like, you know, with my popularity, it’s cool to see — when I was leaving, I stayed for a while, and I signed tons of autographs. A lot of these people can’t get into the Centre Court and stuff.”
It was good — because her subjects got to see her, and get her autograph.
But again, did she think she should be on center court?
“I don’t want to get too much into that,” Williams said. “The only way to console me was, okay, I just saw so many kids, these little girls, these little boys. I gave some things away. It was fun.”
Good thing for you, All England Club, that Serena thought it was fun.
The younger Williams will next play tiny powerhouse Slovak Dominika Cibulkova, who edged Japan’s Ayumi Morita 6-7(4), 7-6(2), 7-5.
Other Top 20 seeds advancing in straight-set blowouts Thursday were (3) Caroline Wozniacki, (7) Agnieszka Radwanska, (9) Li Na, (10) Flavia Pennetta, (14) Victoria Azarenka and (16) Maria Sharapova.
Wozniacki will next face Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, whose success on grass escapes her.
“I don’t really understand grass yet,” Pavlyuchenkova said. “Everyone is saying that my game is perfect for the grass, but we’ll see. I don’t know. I’m just playing match by match, every point. You know, I want to win as many matches as I can, but I don’t know yet.”
On the upset tip were Czech Klara Zakopalova outlasting (18) Aravane Rezai in three, Aussie Anastasia Rodionova outlasting (19) Svetlana Kuznetsova in three, Czech Petra Kvitova outlasting (23) Zheng Jie in three, and Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, yes, outlasting (24) Daniela Hantuchova from a set down in three.
Wake up kids, because the horrible, horrible, horrible first couple rounds of a women’s Slam are over, and now the seeds start to meet — the fun begins.
Friday highlights at the All England Club are (17) Justine Henin vs. (12) Nadia Petrova, (26) Alisa Kleybanova vs. (2) Venus Williams, (8) Kim Clijsters vs. (27) Maria Kirilenko, (28) Alona Bondarenko vs. (4) Jelena Jankovic, and (15) Yanina Wickmayer vs. (21) Vera Zvonareva.
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