Serena Beats Ass, Bows to Queen at Wimbledon, Complains
by Jeremy Davis | June 25th, 2010, 12:08 am

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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11 Comments for Serena Beats Ass, Bows to Queen at Wimbledon, Complains

Huh Says:

Well, first of all, why’re you so sarcastic of Serena dude Jeremy?

margot Says:

huh: good morning! How’s the studying going? What’s happened to our Dimitrov? Did he not play, or was he knocked out first round, qualifiers?
Brilliant Wimbledon so far, no?

Joshua Gibson Says:

Of course I think it might be wise for Serena not to complain at all — but everyone on this planet knows that the Club would never consider putting Federer on Court 2. Even putting him on Court 1 a few years ago caused all kinds of outrage from his fans. I don’t care where Serena or Roger play — they could be on Court 18 for all I care. But it continues to annoy me that the men’s top seeds are treated so much better the the top women’s seeds, even though the top two women have actually won more Wimbledons (8 combined) than the men (7) and have won multiple doubles titles as well.

Polo Says:

Any man’s tennis match is many times more interesting to watch than women’s tennis. Had this not been a combined tournament, I doubt if the women could generate enough viewers on their own. Case in point was that Serena-Anna C 6-0, 6-1 match. How exciting could that be?

brian p Says:

Joshua: Polo is right. there is an entertainment value that Wimbledon has to uphold, and that is that men’s tennis is much more universally viewed than women’s. there is actually a great article about this topic in this month’s Tennis Magazine. The political push for equality in sports is just silly. People would much rather watch a best of five sets match than see a 40 minute Serena blowout.

andrea Says:

whateves…roger was on court 1 this year after being centre court for the past couple of years. and nadal’s first match at RG this year was lenglen, not chartrier.

don’t think it’s even worth talking about.

if they put on her court 17, maybe i could understand…

JC Says:

It’s ashamed you have to use some harsh words in your article. I’m trying to teach my daughters not to speak that way……

Richard Says:

please….when does Serena NOT complain.

Vvx Says:

@ Polo and Brian P

“Any man’s tennis match is many times more interesting to watch than women’s tennis. ”

Short memories guys? You thought the Men’s French Open final was better than the ladies’? Really? Let’s be honest. One was a contest, the other one was a formality. The 2005 ladies final at Wimmbledon was much better and lasted longer than the Men’s final.

“Case in point was that Serena-Anna C 6-0, 6-1 match. How exciting could that be?”

The crowd loved it. Despite the 6-0, 6-1 score line there were a number of Deuce points and breakpoints but every time there was danger Serena raised her level and won the big points. The tennis was at a pretty good level for a 2nd round match.

And I bet none of you would be complaining about a lack of “excitement” if Federer spanked someone 6-1, 6-0, 6-0. No doubt when he wins like that it is because he is a ‘genius’ but when a Williams wins like that it is because the opponent is physicall and/or mentally “weak”.

“People would much rather watch a best of five sets match than see a 40 minute Serena blowout.”

I’d rather watch a 40 minute Serena blowout than a Mahut vs Isner style all day serving contest hands down.

As for the Court No. 2 issue, Serena is right. A defending Champion and World No. 1 wouldn’t and shouldn’t play on any court other than the two main courts. It is disrespectful. It wouldn’t happen to Nadal or Federer and doesn’t happen at any of the other slams.

Even worse to keep Serena playing a former top 10 player off centre court and schedule a No Slams pusher instead (Wozniacki) playing a complete nobody is ridiculous.

Joshua Says:

I’m not sure what, exactly, was so entertaining about Murray’s three set victory on Centre Court. Obviously, I understand why he was there and Serena wasn’t. But the idea that best of five set matches are inherently more interesting is pretty silly. A straight sets win in men’s tennis is far more tedious than any women’s match. And if the fact that Serena is just too dominant is the problem, then Federer, despite his struggles this year, should never be allowed to play on Centre Court in the first week, where his matches are generally devoid of drama.

Nor, incidentally, do I care that Serena was on Court 2. I just find it strange that people criticize Serena for being slightly annoyed by being thus relegated when those same people would likely lodge all kinds of complaints if Federer were treated similarly.

mmm Says:

I’m not a Serena fan but I was shocked that she was on Court 2. She is #1 and defending champion and they put her on Court 2 but they put Wozniacki on Centre Court? Strange…

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