By Ros Satar, at Wimbledon

  • Serena Williams [25] def. Evgeniya Rodina [Q] 6-2 6-2
  • Camila Giorgi def. Ekaterina Makarova 6-3 6-4
  • H2H: Williams leads 3-0
WIMBLEDON, UK – Serena Williams continues to strive for improvement as she reaches the quarter-finals where she will face Camila Giorgi.

 

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Serena Williams [25] def. Evgeniya Rodina [Q] 6-2 6-2

Serena Williams cruised into the quarter-finals as she dispatched qualifier Evgeniya Rodina in straight sets but is still looking to improve. It is hard to believe it is just her fourth tournament back since the birth of her daughter, as she has yet to drop a set.

Williams broke early to build up a commanding lead in the first set, and repeated the pattern at the start of the second set. She was given a little pause for thought as Rodina broke back, but Williams battened down the hatches for two more straight breaks of serve to stay on course.

Williams is, of course, a seven-time Wimbledon champion, but recognises that there is a long way to go to attain her goal, on her return to competition.

She said: “There’s a lot to improve on. This is only my fourth tournament back. I would hope there’s a lot to continue to improve on. There is. I feel like I’m getting to where I want to be. For me, there’s so much farther I want to go to get back where I was, and hopefully go beyond that.

“I’m just only in the quarterfinals. It’s not about wrapping up a win. It’s not at all. I have a long way to go. It’s like all the other women that are still in the draw.”

 

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She will face Camila Giorgi, who beat Ekaterina Makarova to reach the quarter-finals for the first time. The feisty Italian dodged the question about facing Williams, declaring that she obviously knows Williams but as she did not watch women’s tennis, she contented herself with knowing it woud be a good, tough match.

Williams, on the other hand knows she has had the measure of Giorgi in the past, and as she is on the road to improvement, knows this could be a tricky one.

Williams continued: “I played her a couple times. She has a very powerful game. To be so small, you know, she brings so much power and energy on the court. She’s very aggressive. She does well on grass.

“I do follow women’s tennis. Of course I support women’s tennis. I support women’s sports. I follow so much of it. I think it’s super exciting. I watch her play a lot.

“It’s good to kind of know someone. I kind of know her game. Look forward to it.”

The Ladies’ Singles quarter-finals take place on Tuesday.

 

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