Wimbledon Updates: Serena advances, wins career 600th
There were no major upsets on Saturday as Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic and David Ferrer all advanced to the fourth round.
Serena advances, makes history
Tournament-favorite Serena Williams earned her 600th career victory by steamrolling Kimiko Date-Krumm 6-2, 6-0 to advance to the second week of Wimbledon on Saturday.
It was also Serena's 34th consecutive victory, the longest winning streak of her career.
"That's awesome. I had no idea," Williams said of her career-milestone win. "On Centre Court, what better place to win my 600th match?"
Serena's up 4-1 in the first. (GTY) pic.twitter.com/POSDm8X6Dz— Joe Fleming (@ByJoeFleming) June 29, 2013
Williams overpowered her 42-year-old opponent -- the oldest competitor in the entire tournament -- dispatching Date-Krumm in just 61 minutes.
Her fourth-round opponent will be German Sabine Lisicki.
Williams is bidding for her sixth Wimbledon title, and she's lost just 11 games throughout the first three rounds. The early departures of Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka should make her attempt at a 17th Grand Slam title significantly easier.
#Serena: "I'm getting there. I like to peak towards the end. I'm just happy to make it to the second week. I had some tough matches."
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) June 29, 2013
No. 4 David Ferrer advances in five sets
It was only after the fourth set began that the Spaniard looked like the relentless 31-year-old who reached the finals of the French Open earlier this month.
"It was a really hard, tough match. He's an unbelievable player," Ferrer said, according to BBC. "I tried to fight, keep focus in the bad moments so in the end I could win. It's nice to have the crowd supporting both players. Wimbledon is special."
Ferrer advances to the fourth round of Wimbledon where he'll face Croatian Ivan Dodig.
Djokovic cruises into second week
The 2011 champion polished off the Frenchman in a tidy 86-minute match.
Djokovic in command vs. Chardy, 6-3, 3-1 (GTY) pic.twitter.com/loo1ti2aNX— Joe Fleming (@ByJoeFleming) June 29, 2013
Djokovic played a near flawless match, hardly breaking a sweat on Centre Court.
In the first two rounds, Djokovic was credited with 32 unforced errors, but Saturday the Serbian had just three unforced errors, all in the final set.
“Everything went my way. I haven’t lost many points on my service game,” he said, according to the BBC. “It’s very enjoyable when everything works well. Not many times it happens on the grass against a big server you get to return this well on what is the fastest surface.”
The win marked Djokovic’s 50th career grasscourt victory.
Djokovic moved on the round of 16 where he’ll face 35-year-old German Tommy Haas. The two recently met at the French Open where Djokovic, who owns a 5-3 advantage in career matchups, won in straight sets.
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