London: It was a cakewalk for Serena Williams at Wimbledon on Thursday against Caroline Garcia as she beat the teenager to play Kimiko Date Krumm in the third round.
The American stretched her winning streak to 33 matches when she thrashed the 19-year-old Garcia in straight sets 6-4, 6-2. Her domination was very much visible as she wrapped up the match in just 67 minutes with 30 winners and nine aces.
Meanwhile, it was the 42-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm who beat Romania's Alexandra Cadantu 6-4, 7-5 in the second round on Thursday. She is the oldest player competing in the main draw at All England Club.
This was her second consecutive straight sets win against an opponent who had thrashed 28th seed Tamira Raszek in the opening round. Japanese veteran made use of her experience to outplay Candatu who was playing her 12th Grand Slam.
World number 84th Kimiko made the perfect start with a break in the opening game against Cadantu but Romanian came back from behind to break Kimiko twice for a 4-2 lead. But the Japanese made her way back into the match with quick-fire breaks, clinching the first set by winning four successive games.
Date-Krumm was broken at 5-4 when she served for the second set, but she recovered to take the next two games and sealed the victory.
In the other match of the women’s singles, sixth seed Li Na overpowered in-form Simona Halep in a crackling contest of the second round match on Thursday. .
Halep gave her Chinese counterpart a great fight to make her go an extra mile. However, she lost the match by 2-6, 6-1, 0-6 which also put the brakes on her 11-match winning streak.