Serena Williams’ dominance on the sport of tennis continued Thursday as she defeated 19-year-old French prospect Caroline Garcia by a score of 6-3, 6-2 to advance to the third round at the 2013 Wimbledon tournament.
The No. 1 seed looked great winning the French Open, and it is clear from the manner in which she has disposed of her competition at the All England Club thus far that Williams is the class of the 2013 field.
With the way Williams has been dominating the sport of tennis over the last three months, the expectations in Round 2 were that she would dominate Garcia and impose her will.
Instead, the French star came out fast and stole two early points.
Williams brought it back to 2-2, and after her slow start, the American star put it in high gear and brought the game right to Garcia with her hard serve and baseline speed.
As well as Garcia played to start the match—she equaled her opponent's effort level and was great moving across the court—Williams’ power was just too much to handle. She won 87 percent of her first-serve points and smashed 14 winners to take the first set.
Garcia once again came out strong in the second set, going right after Williams and using her accuracy to put the ball in the spots the American would have a hard time getting to along the baseline.
Add in several forced and unforced errors (Serena had six of the latter in the second set to Garcia's two), and the youngster was able to bring the score to 2-2.
The normally emotional Williams showed a fierce edge after dropping her second point. She reasserted her superior ability by driving her serve right at her opponent and thereby instilling fear into the 19-year-old.
Williams went on to win the final four points of the set in convincing fashion, ending Garcia’s run at Wimbledon with a 6-2 second-set loss. She topped her young opponent in nearly every category throughout the match, none more so than winners, where she doubled Garcia's 15.
Williams will now go on to play Japanese star Kimiko Date-Krumm in the third round after she beat Alexandra Cadantu 6-4, 7-5.
Date-Krumm is ranked No. 84 in the world.