Wimbledon updates: Serena, Djokovic roll into third round
Defending champ Serena Williams restored some order at Wimbledon on Thursday, beating Caroline Garcia 6-3, 6-2 to reach the third round.
Top-seeded Novak Djokovic cruised into the third-round at Wimbledon on Thursday after he knocked out American Bobby Reynolds 7-6, 6-3, 6-1 on Centre Court.
Reynolds was the last American standing, and his ouster marks the first time in over a century that no one from the USA advanced to the third round.
Although ranked 156th in the world, Reynolds acquitted himself well against Djokovic, routinely fighting off break points and testing the Serbian in the first set.
Djokovic, the 2011 Wimbledon champion, avoided the fate of high seeds Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, and he remains the last former Wimbledon winner in the men's portion of the bracket.
"It is a bit strange that so many top players lost in one or two days, but as I said, it is a Grand Slam and all the lower-ranked players have an extra motivation to perform their best. They have nothing to lose," he said to ESPN.
Defending champion Serena Williams rolled into Wimbledon’s third round with a 6-3, 6-2 win over French teenager Caroline Garcia on Thursday. The match took an hour and seven minutes.
Williams won her 33rd straight match as she aims for a sixth Wimbledon singles crown. She’ll next face Japan’s Kimiko Date-Krumm, who, at 42 is the oldest woman in Wimbledon’s third round since the open era began in 1969, according to BBC Sport.
Williams lost just three points on serve in the first set, but Garcia made her work hard throughout.
"I think Caroline's a really good player," Williams said, via BBC Sport. "I played her at the French Open, and she played really well, so it was good to get another win today.
"I really love these moments when I'm out there. I live and die for these moments, and it's really fun."
Also Thursday, American teenager Madison Keys beat 30th-seeded Mona Barthel of Germany 6-4, 6-2 to reach the third round in her Wimbledon debut. She’ll face 2012 Wimbledon runner-up Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland next.
Rain forces tourney to close Centre Court roof
Showers caused the tournament's first rain delay, prompting officials to close the retractable Centre Court roof installed in 2009.
Radwanska was beating Mathilde Johansson of France 6-1, 4-2 when the match was stopped to close the roof. After a half-hour delay, Radwanska closed out the second set, 6-3.
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