Belfast Telegraph

No Wimbledon worries for super Serena

Reigning champion Serena Williams was in regal form as she followed a meeting with the Queen with a 6-0 6-1 destruction of Anna Chakvetadze in their second-round contest at Wimbledon.

Williams was surprisingly scheduled to play on Court Two on the day the Queen made her first visit for 33 years, despite admitting she had been working to perfect her curtsy.

However, her practice was not in vain as she met the monarch earlier in the day and the royal visit had ended more than four hours before Williams began her contest at 7.42pm.

The American seemed to lack some fire in the opening game but she saved a second break point with an ace.

Her opponent's returns offered some glimpse of why she broke into the top five in the world in 2007, the same year she reached the US Open semi-finals.

But Chakvetadze has since slumped to 118th in the rankings and it quickly became apparent that her serve would not trouble Williams.

The world number one's returns proved too powerful in the second game, during which the Russian served two double faults.

Maria Sharapova was given a useful workout as she booked her place in the third round of Wimbledon with victory over spirited Romanian Ioana Raluca Olaru.

The 16th-seeded Sharapova dropped just one game in her opener against Anastasia Pivovarova on Tuesday but faced a more testing examination yesterday as she registered a 6-1 6-4 triumph in the Court One clash.

“I made some errors but I'm happy that I made it through,” said Williams.

“I've got to keep being aggressive. In the second I was bit tentative but it got better.

“It's a thrill to be back. Last year I lost in the second round and I was thinking about that how and there's no way I was going home. I'm here to contend and I'm here to win the tournament.”

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