Twice former champion Serena Williams outclassed Italy’s Roberta Vinci 6-3, 6-4 to book her place in the fourth round at Wimbledon on Friday. Serena breezed through the opening set in 28 minutes. She hit 10 aces, including one on match point, and committed only 12 unforced errors.
Williams won for the 172nd time in 200 Grand Slam matches. The only other woman to play so many matches in major tournaments is her sister, five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams (219). Williams became the first player to earn a spot in the second week of the tournament. She will play either Japan’s Ai Sugiyama or Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia for a place in the quarter-finals.