Three hundred up and counting as Serena powers through
By Alison Williams
LONDON (Reuters) - World number one Serena Williams kept her Wimbledon title defense on track on Sunday, downing Germany's Annika Beck 6-3 6-0 with a crushing display of power and booming serves to chalk up her 300th grand slam victory.
Williams looked in no mood to follow men's top seed Novak Djokovic out of tournament after his shock defeat on Saturday and treated the middle Sunday party crowd to an imperious 51-minute performance.
Warning her last-16 opponent, Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova, that there is more to come, she said: "I thought it was good, I still want to get out to a little bit of a faster start but I was really focused and calm today."
Williams was broken by unseeded Beck in her second service game but then stepped it up and never looked back.
She thundered down the biggest women's serve of the grasscourt major so far at 123 mph (198 kph), followed by an ace, to seal the first set against the 22-year-old.
The 34-year-old American, who said she had been helped by suffering a scare in round two against compatriot Christina McHale, romped through the second set in 20 minutes as Beck's resistance crumbled.
The match brought her 300th grand slam win - something that seemed to take her by surprise.
"No? Was it? Cool, oh nice. I had no idea, that's awesome, right? I think that is a lot of matches," she said as she came off court. Continued...