June 24, 2014 / 6:14 PM / 5 years ago

Merciless Serena joins Venus in Wimbledon second round

Serena Williams of the U.S. hits a return during her women's singles tennis match against Anna Tatishvili of the U.S. at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London June 24, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

LONDON (Reuters) - Serena Williams put the disappointment of Paris behind her on Tuesday, showing little mercy in a 6-1 6-2 demolition of compatriot Anna Tatishvili in the first round at Wimbledon.

The five-times champion looked supremely comfortable on the Center Court lawn, dispatching powerful groundstrokes down both flanks and thumping 16 aces past her 113th-ranked opponent, including four in the sixth game of the second set.

Top seed Williams, beaten by Spain’s Garbine Muguruza in the second round at Roland Garros, ensured Tatishvili’s suffering lasted only 61 minutes, rattling off five games in a row in the second set for the match.

She joins sister Venus in the second round where set will meet Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa or American Christina McHale.

Reporting By Clare Lovell, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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