Serena Williams Defeats Mandy Minella to Advance at 2013 Wimbledon

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistJune 25, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 25:  Serena Williams of the United States of America serves during her Ladies' Singles first round match against Mandy Minella of Luxembourg on day two of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 25, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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American tennis star Serena Williams defeated Luxembourg's Mandy Minella in the first round of Wimbledon, cruising 6-1, 6-3.

Williams used her overpowering serve to dominate the 27-year-old throughout the match. With the World’s No. 1 moving as well as she ever has along the baseline, Williams is arguably at the top of her game at the age of 31. 

The 2013 French Open champion looks as strong as ever at Wimbledon—a tournament she's won five times in singles before, with her most recent triumph coming last year. 

Though there was never a doubt as to who would emerge in this one, the tennis world was rocked when Rafael Nadal fell in the first round to Belgium's Steve Darcis in three sets. Williams made sure she wouldn't suffer the same fate. 

This was Williams' 32nd win in a row, and she didn't drop a point on her serve in the first set. 

Minella was able to go up 2-0 in the second set, but Williams quickly regained control, taking the second 6-3. 

Williams will take on Caroline Garcia of France in the second round after she dispatched China's Jie Zheng 6-3, 6-4.