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Serena Williams plays down Wimbledon title talk despite record run

Marching on: Serena Williams is through to the quarters
Marching on: Serena Williams is through to the quarters

By Andy Sims

Serena Williams set a new record but played down title talk as she eased into the last-eight.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion is playing her fourth tournament since giving birth to daughter Olympia in September.

Williams was elevated to a seeding of 25th despite slipping down the rankings as a result of maternity leave.

But her current position at 181st in the world makes the American the lowest-ranked Wimbledon quarter-finalist in the open era.

She took just an hour and two minutes to swat aside fellow tennis mum Evgeniya Rodina 6-2 6-2 on Centre Court.

With all the top 10 women's seeds now out, Williams is hot favourite to win an eighth title.

"On both sides, the men's and women's, there have been a tremendous amount of upsets," said the 36-year-old. "I don't think this has happened to this extreme. But I've never been ranked where I am, so usually I'm one of those few seeds left.

"I have a long way to go. I'm only in the quarter-finals. It's not about wrapping up a win. It's like all the other women still in the draw. Each of us, seeded or not, we're just here to do our best."

Williams revealed she does not want her daughter to follow in her footsteps.

"I would hope she doesn't," she said. "I don't want her to have pressure, people talking about, 'Are you going to be able to do as well as your mum?'"

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