Tennis: Serena Williams breezes through first round
Published 22/06/2010 | 14:05
Serena Williams took just 21 minutes to breeze through the first set in a confident start to her defence of the women's singles title at Wimbledon.
The world number one won it 6-0 against Michelle Larcher De Brito, a 17-year-old from Portugal who is 148th in the rankings.
Williams needed three sets to win their only previous meeting, in Stanford, two years ago, but there was never a hint that she might encounter the difficulties experienced by Roger Federer on Centre Court 24 hours earlier.
The American made a whirlwind start, breaking her opponent in the first game, consolidating with the aid of a 109mph ace and breaking again to love to race into a 3-0 lead.
De Brito won only a point in her next service game and Williams duly served out to wrap up the set in double quick time.