Wimbledon, England (Sports Network) - Five-time champion Serena Williams
reached the fourth round at Wimbledon after recording her 600th career win on
The world No. 1 Williams had little trouble in a 6-2, 6-0 drubbing of Japanese
veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm.
"On Centre Court, what better place to win my 600th match?" said Williams, who
became the 15th player in WTA history to reach the milestone.
Williams fired eight aces and claimed 8-of-9 points at the net while extending
her career-best winning streak to 34 matches.
The 42-year-old Date-Krumm, who made her Wimbledon debut in 1989, is the
oldest woman in the Open Era to have reached the third round at the All
Next up for Williams will be Sabine Lisicki. The 23rd-seeded German knocked
off former U.S. Open champ Samantha Stosur with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 decision.
Lisicki reached the 2011 Wimbledon semifinals and was twice a
Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska and China's Li Na also won three-set matches.
Radwanska, the fourth seed and last year's runner-up, battled past American
Madison Keys, 7-5, 4-6, 6-3, while the sixth-seeded Li came back from a set
down to earn a 4-6, 6-0, 8-6 triumph over Klara Zakopalova of the Czech
Radwanska's next opponent will be Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova, a 6-1, 4-6,
6-2 winner over Croatia's Petra Martic. Pironkova's only Grand Slam success
has come at the famed lawns of the London suburb. She's never been past the
second round at the Australian Open or French Open and has had one run to the
fourth round in seven tries at the U.S. Open. However, she was a Wimbledon
semifinalist in 2010 and a quarterfinalist in 2011.
Li will meet Italian 11th seed Roberta Vinci in the fourth round on Monday.
The 2011 French Open champ from China is into the second week at Wimbledon for
just the third time in seven visits, with quarterfinal appearances in 2006 and
2010 her best results.
Vinci advanced Saturday with a 6-1, 6-4 rout of Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova.
Also Saturday, British crowd favorite Laura Robson rallied from a set and a
break down to beat New Zealand's Marina Erakovic. The 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 win lifted
Robson into a fourth-round match against Estonia's Kaia Kanepi, a 6-2, 6-3
winner over American Alison Riske.
"I just tried to put the pressure on her serve, and she made a couple of
double faults, which helped me," said Robson about coming back against
Erakovic. "I knew that that was my chance to get in her head a little bit, and
that's what I did."
Petra Kvitova and Sloane Stephens were among the early winners Saturday in
matches that were halted Friday due to darkness.
Kvitova, the 2011 champ and this year's eighth seed, trailed in the third set
of her match against Russian Ekaterina Makarova on Friday, but the Czech star
dominated when play resumed. She dropped just one game Saturday and advanced
with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 triumph.
"I didn't have a good night's sleep," mused Kvitova. "The match was still in
my mind, what was good and bad. Today was another day for me. I played
aggressively and that was the key."
Next up for Kvitova will be Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro, who completed her
third-round win Friday against Canada's Eugenie Bouchard.
Stephens also had her match halted by darkness Friday after splitting the
first two sets with Petra Cetkovska, but the 17th-seeded American managed to
pull out a 7-6 (7-3), 0-6, 6-4 victory.
Just 20 years old, Stephens has now reached at least the fourth round of each
Grand Slam this year. She was a surprise semifinalist at the Australian Open
after beating Williams in the quarters and lost to Maria Sharapova in the
French Open fourth round.
Monica Puig will be the fourth round opponent for Stephens on Monday. The
Puerto Rico native upset fifth-seeded Sara Errani in the first round and
completed her first week at the All England Club with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over
Eva Birnerova of the Czech Republic in another match stopped Friday by
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