Serena Williams added another piece of history to her resume Sunday, earning her 300th win in a Grand Slam tournament in a 6-3, 6-0 romp over Annika Beck.
The win gave Williams the second-most ever in the Open era, breaking a tie with Chris Evert. Williams would take the all-time record from Martina Navratilova with seven more victories.
"Was it? Cool. Oh, nice," Williams said, per Stephen Wilson of the Associated Press. "I had no idea. That's awesome, right? That's good, right? I think that's a lot of matches."
Williams was forced onto the court Sunday, typically the so-called rest day at Wimbledon, due to rain delays earlier this week. It was just the fourth time in history that matches have taken place on the middle Sunday.
"Obviously I love having that Sunday off, but I'm a little behind in my matches, so I guess I had to play an extra day," Williams said.
The world No. 1 did not have any trouble in the third-round match, wrapping up both sets in just 51 minutes. She posted seven aces against one double fault, won 25 of 29 first-serve points and broke a dispirited Beck five times. Beck won 17 points on her serves and had two winners against 11 unforced errors.
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Two days after dropping the first set to Christina McHale and looking out of sorts, Williams seemed to be on a similar path early against Beck. The two traded holds in the first two games before Beck, an unseeded 22-year-old who was making her deepest Wimbledon run, broke Williams to take a 2-1 lead.
"I still want to get out to a little bit of a faster start," Williams said. "But I was really focused and calm today."
Unfortunately for Beck, she would drop 11 of the next 12 games. Williams stormed back with a break of her own to even it at 2-2 and then zoomed through the rest of the first set to win 6-3.
Williams became next-level dominant in the second set. She did not drop a single point on her serves and allowed Beck to win only four of her own. Serena had 12 winners without one unforced error.
It's about as close to perfect tennis as a human being could play.
Svetlana Kuznetsova awaits in Round 4. The No. 13 seed is coming off a sensational comeback win over Sloane Stephens, roaring back after being down 5-2 in the final set for an 8-6 triumph. Williams holds a 9-3 record overall against Kuznetsova, but the two have split their meetings this year. Williams won their quarterfinals matchup at the Rome Masters, while Kuznetsova triumphed in Miami.
The two have never played on grass.
If history is any indication, Williams will either lose to Kuznetsova or go on to take the tournament. In the last seven years, Williams has either won Wimbledon (four times) or bowed out in the third or fourth round (three times). There has been no in between. Williams either flames out early in frustrating fashion or winds up kissing the grass at centre court on Saturday.
Given the disparate fashion of her last two victories, it's anyone's guess which version of Williams comes out to play in Round 4.
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