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.
Minella has played top 30-ranked opponents 7 times but hasn't beaten one yet. Her highest ranked scalp was No.34 Pironkova at US Open '10.— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) June 25, 2013
Williams will take on Caroline Garcia of France in the second round after she dispatched China's Jie Zheng 6-3, 6-4.