Serena Williams moved into her 60th career Grand Slam fourth round after cruising past Julia Goerges 6-3, 6-4 in a Wimbledon third round encounter.
“I just need to keep it up,” Serena said after her best performance of the week. “Each match for me really counts. I haven’t had a tremendous amount. Literally each match counts for me. It’s just keep going, doing what I’m doing in practice hopefully.”
Serena beat the German in the semifinals a year ago in straight sets, and after today, she’s a perfect 10-0 in sets against the 30-year-old.
“I think I play pretty good when I’m calm, but also super intense, just finding the balance in between there,” Serena added. “So it’s a hard balance to find because sometimes when I’m too calm, I don’t have enough energy. Still trying to find that balance.”
Up next for the 7-time champion is her pidgeon Carla Suarez Navarro. The Spaniard cruised past lucky loser Lauren Davis 6-3, 6-3 to reach her third Wimbledon fourth round. Serena leads Suarez Navarro 6-0, and the sets are not event close.
World No. 1 Ash Barty continued to prove her ranking hammering Harriet Dart 6-1, 6-1 in her debut on Centre.
“It’s the most beautiful court in the world, isn’t it?” Barty said. “I promised myself when I walked out there that I’d smile and try and take it all in. And it changed a little bit since I played on there with Casey a few years ago now.
“I think having played on that court now, I know what it’s like. It’s not too dissimilar to what I expected from a pace of court and things like that, but obviously the surroundings are a little bit different. Now having a taste of that, it’s nice to know what it’s like.”
The Australian has now won her last 15 matches and hasn’t dropped a set since the French Open semifinals.
Barty will meeting the surging American grass specialist Alison Riske who authored another comeback beating Belinda Bencic from a break down in the third 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. The Pittsburgh native has won 13 of 14 matches on grass.
“Whenever Alison’s back was against the wall, she produced her best tennis,” said Barty. “I think that’s no secret. You ask any opponent that plays Alison, she’s up for the fight, makes you work for every single point.
“I think it will be really important for me to go out there and try and bring my variety, take my opportunities when I get them. Also I know she loves playing on the grass court. She’s going to make me play a million balls. I have to be at my best.”
British hope Johanna Konta caught fire late winning 8 of 9 games to put away Sloane Stephens 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 to advance to her second Wimbledon fourth round. The 2017 Wimbledon finalist has now beaten Stephens four times this year!
Konta will collide with 2-time champion Petra Kvitova. The Czech has been looking better and better following a forearm injury derailed her French Open. Kvitova today crushed Magda Linette 6-3, 6-2.
“It’s great to play just two sets, for sure, for my arm. It’s the best I can have, but you really never know what is coming next,” Kvitova said.
“Definitely this is the game which I showed today,” Kvitova added. “I think in previous matches, as well, that’s the game plan which I want to really play on the grass. I mean, if I’m just pushing the balls there, I don’t think that I do have any big chance.
“With the strokes which I play today, even from the returns already was the key of it. I going to try my best to continue in this kind of performance.”
Also, Barbora Strycova kept Kiki Bertens’ reeling in Slams. She’ll now get Elise Mertens who edged Quang Wang 6-2, 6-7(9), 6-4.
All the women will enjoy a day off from the competition Sunday, but will return on Monday for the fourth round.
The fourth round matches:
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