Monday, 23 July, 2018

Serena Williams beats Viktoriya Tomova to reach Wimbledon third round

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Sergio Cook | 06 July, 2018, 03:27

Caroline Wozniacki is heading home early - again.

Williams a 23-time major champion with career earnings of more than $84 million, said Monday she was still figuring out how she wants to be addressed.

With flying ants stuck in Wozniacki's hair and dive-bombing her throughout the match, the former world number one asked the umpire if there was something that could be sprayed to keep the bugs away.

The Swiss legend is competing in his 20th Wimbledon and he has played 104 matches in that time.

Federer did not oblige, but moments later, he did lose a point he served at 4-1, 30-love, when Lacko smacked a down-the-line backhand passing victor.

Federer made 48 winners against 11 unforced errors and cleaned up in the second set, as he did not drop a single point on his serve.

The new deal technically ends Federer's 24-year relationship with Nike, but it appears the two sides are not entirely out of each other's lives yet. "I'm happy how I am hitting the ball, good concentration on my service games and able to mix it up with some slices".

Williams was almost as good, losing just five of 32 points on her first serve in a 6-1, 6-4 win over Viktoriya Tomova. Wozniacki arrived in southwest London in good form on grass following her victory at the Wimbledon warm-up event in Eastbourne last week. Williams will next face the victor of Tatjana Maria and Kristina Mladenovic. He makes it look easy, he has so many options, so as he gets older maybe if he loses half a step, it doesn't change how he plays.

Roger Federer extended his flawless winning streak at Wimbledon to 26 consecutive sets as the defending champion crushed Lukas Lacko, while Venus Williams battled back to beat Alexandra Dulgheru in Wednesday's second round action.

In the first round, she started by conceding a tiebreaker against 58th-ranked Johanna Larsson before taking 12 of the last 15 games. "Hopefully, it's just one", she said, laughing. "I also think it's healthy in a way for me to do what I need to do, be that working mom, then go back home and be the mom".

Karolina Pliskova advanced to the third round for the first time with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Victoria Azarenka.

French 17th seed Lucas Pouille fell short in five sets after fighting from two sets down to be beaten 6-4 6-2 6-7 (8-10) 3-6 6-2 by Austria's Dennis Novak.

The third set was one-way traffic as Federer killed the contest with a ferocious forehand after 90 minutes of brilliance.

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