Serena Williams returns a shot to Romania’s Simona Halep with ease during their second-round match at Wimbledon.
SERENA Williams remains on course for a fifth Wimbledon crown after posting a rollercoaster second-round win over Simona Halep.
The defending champion overwhelmed Halep 3-6 6-2 6-1 after struggling initially to find range.
“It’s great to come out of a match like that,” said Williams, who struggled in the first round against Aravane Rezai.
“I thought I hit the ball great in the end. I ws very pleased.”
A loose Williams backhand in the fourth game was the signal for Halep to steam clear.
The baseliner forged to a 5-2 buffer, but then was injured in a heavy fall after slipping.
She resumed after treatment to pocket the first set in 37 minutes as threatening rain clouds gathered.
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Williams pounced after the restart, breaking serve in the second and eighth games to level the match.
At one stage, Williams reeled off seven successive games as the right-hander bulldozed Halep into submission, careering to victory in xx minutes.
Former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic strode to a 6-3 6-0 win over Greek Eleni Daniilidou as two-time grand slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova hammered Romanian Alexandra Dulgheru 6-0 6-2.
Slovakian 24th seed Dominika Cibulkova destroyed Slovenian Polona Hercoq 6-1 6-2 and will next face impressive Julia Goerges, who beat France’s Mathilde Johansson 7-6 (12-10) 6-2.
Austrian Tamira Paszek reached the last 32 by eliminating American Christina McHale 6-4 6-1.
Nadia Petrova upset 14th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-3 6-3 to claim an all-Russian clash.
Belgian Yanina Wickmayer joined the victory parade with a 3-6 6-4 6-2 margin over Georgian Anna Tatishvili.
French Open winner Francesca Schiavone also made the third round, 7-5 6-3 over Czech Barbora Zahlavova Stryckova.