Mighty Serena rolls in Wimbledon opener

3:49 PM, Jun 25, 2013   |    comments
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Wimbledon, England (Sports Network) - Reigning champion and five-time titlist Serena Williams was an easy opening-round winner Tuesday at Wimbledon.

The world No. 1 superstar extended her career-best winning streak to 32 matches by handling Luxembourg's Mandy Minella 6-1, 6-3 on Centre Court at the venerable All England Club.

Williams won every point on serve in a lopsided first set, but Minella broke Williams and then held for a 2-0 lead in the second.

The formidable Williams then went on to win four straight games, including a pair of breaks, to assume control once again. Minella would fight off a match point before the American great converted on a second to move on.

Williams is now 75-3 since losing in the first round at last year's French Open. The 31-year-old is the reigning Wimbledon, French Open and U.S. Open champion who owns 16 Grand Slam singles titles overall. She beat Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska in last year's final here to capture her third Wimbledon title in four years.

The high-flying Williams was joined in the round of 64 by sixth-seeded Australian Open runner-up and former French Open champ Li Na, as the Chinese star drubbed Dutchwoman Michaella Krajicek 6-1, 6-1. Krajicek is the half sister of former men's Wimbledon winner Richard Krajicek.

Also, 14th-seeded former U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur whipped Slovak Anna Schmiedlova 6-1, 6-3 on Day 2.

Another seeded victor was No. 30 German Mona Barthel, who held off Romanian Monica Niculescu 6-3, 4-6, 7-5.


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