Top seed and defending ladies champion Serena Williams played extremely clean tennis this morning in defeating Slovak Dominka Cibulkova, feeding her a bagel in the process in their third round match on Centre Court, 6-0, 7-5 in 68 minutes.
Serena won an incredible 31/33 points on her first serve, struck 19 aces, and had 38 winners to only 9 errors. Here are the rest of the stats from that contest:
|Williams (USA)||Cibulkova (SVK)|
|1st Serve %||33 of 43 = 77 %||33 of 48 = 69 %|
|Winning % on 1st Serve||31 of 33 = 94 %||26 of 33 = 79 %|
|Winning % on 2nd Serve||6 of 10 = 60 %||4 of 15 = 27 %|
|Receiving Points Won||18 of 49 = 37 %||6 of 43 = 14 %|
|Break Point Conversions||4 of 6 = 67 %||1 of 3 = 33 %|
|Net Approaches||3 of 7 = 43 %||4 of 8 = 50 %|
|Total Points Won||55||36|
|Fastest Serve Speed||120 MPH||118 MPH|
|Average 1st Serve Speed||107 MPH||100 MPH|
|Average 2nd Serve Speed||90 MPH||87 MPH|
Serena’s victory in singles sets up a round of 16 matchup with former champion Maria Sharapova, who didn’t look quite as sharp in defeating Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic, 7-5, 6-3 in 1 hour and 14 minutes.
The top seeded Williams sisters then went out to court 2 this afternoon, where Serena would again see Cibulkova, who was teamed with Anastasia Pavlyuechenkova of Russia. The Williams sisters handed their opponents a whipping, 6-1, 6-2 and will now face the winner of Benesova/Strycova versus Vesnina/Zvonareva in the quarter-finals.
Should the Williams sisters defend their doubles crown at Wimbledon, it will mark their fifth consecutive major doubles victory.