Monday 24 July 2017

Tennis: Serena Williams breezes through first round

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.

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