Serena Williams eased into the third round of Wimbledon with a comfortable 6-1, 6-1 win over rank outsider Chanelle Scheepers on Thursday, as reported by BBC Sport:
Williams, chasing a sixth Wimbledon crown, wasted little time disposing of the world No. 94, as highlighted by Sports Illustrated:
The American took control right from the off, utilising a variety of shots to keep her South African opponent guessing. Williams found her rhythm quickly, stroked the ball with power and precision, never breaking a sweat in front of the British crowd.
Williams served up five aces during the first set, concluding with an unstoppable smash after sending Scheepers right to the sideline with another powerful first serve, per the ATP website.
Moments prior to notching the opening set, Williams even rushed the net to wrong-foot Scheepers with a simple finish from close range, summing up the ambition of her early play.
Scheepers rarely showed signs of getting herself back in the match, despite trying to mix things up. The 30-year-old looked at her best when favouring accuracy over power, highlighted when she managed to outfox Williams with a clever forehand early in the second set.
Unfortunately for the underdog, the world No. 1 wasn't to be moved. Scheepers doubled her account by taking a game to make it 4-1 in the second set, but Williams powered on until her rival fired an unforced error into the net on match point.
Williams didn't have to work particularly hard and appeared pleased with a simple route into the next round. She took just 49 minutes to topple Scheepers, who failed to establish real resistance en route to exiting the competition.
After the contest, Williams took a moment to thank her British fans, as noted by the BBC:
She will take on Alize Cornet in her next matchup after the French player overcame Petra Cetkovska 6-4, 5-7, 6-3. The 24-year-old certainly represents a more dangerous and ambitious opponent than Scheepers, but it will take a memorable performance to halt Williams if the American continues to exert the same type of confidence.
Williams isn't always the most easygoing player on the circuit, often to her own demise, but she has arrived at Wimbledon with the real belief she can regain the title she last won in 2012.