June 26, 2010

Serena defeats Cibulkova; advances to 4th round

Defending champion Serena Williams put on a serving clinic Saturday, hitting 20 aces in a straight-sets win over Dominika Cibulkova that sets up a possible fourth-round matchup with former champion Maria Sharapova.

The top-seeded American had at least two aces in each of her eight service games and overpowered the 46th-ranked Slovak 6-0, 7-5 in the day's first match on Centre Court. Williams has won the opening set of each of her first three matches at this year's Championships by the same 6-0 scoreline. Williams won 37 of 43 service points and held at love five times. She won 19 of her first 20 service points, with Cibulkova putting only four returns in play in that stretch.

The first set lasted just 18 minutes, with Williams winning 25 of 31 points, serving six aces and hitting 12 winners. She finished the match with 37 winners. Cibulkova, a semifinalist at the French Open last year, finally got on the scoreboard when she held serve for 1-1 in the second set. From then on, she kept the match competitive by holding serve, although she couldn't cope with Williams' serves.

Cibulkova saved a match point while serving at 4-5 with a crosscourt backhand winner, but Williams broke in the 12th game to close out the match. Williams, chasing her fourth Wimbledon title and 13th Grand Slam crown, will next face the winner of the match between Sharapova and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova

AMAZING STATS: 20 aces, 37 winners, 9 unforced errors, 0 double faults, 77% first serve, won 94% of 1st serves and 60% of 2nd serves. (Impressive!)

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