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Serena Williams suffers but advances at Wimbledon

Serena Williams suffers but advances at Wimbledon

American tennis player Serena Williams rallied from a one-set deficit to beat tenacious compatriot Christina McHale 6-7, 6-2, 6-4 on Friday in a thrilling second-round match at Wimbledon.

With this triumph over the world ranking number 65, defending champion Willams continues her quest to emulate the Open-era record of 22 Grand Slam titles held by Germany’s Steffi Graf.

The world number one thought she had won the first set and walked back to her chair after a supposedly long forehand from her rival when she held a 5-4, 40-30 lead. However, McHale requested that the ball be checked with “hawk eye” technology, which showed that the ball touched the baseline.

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McHale later won the game and forced a tie-break in which Williams made a series of mistakes, including two double faults, before losing the set.

The youngest of the Williams sisters slammed her racket against the ground in frustration before kicking off a strong recovery and closing the two-and-a-half-hour game with three aces.

In a third-round match, Venus Williams, eighth-seeded and the oldest player in the women’s team at 36, also had to fight to beat 29-seeded Darya Kasatkina of Russia 7-5, 4-6 and 10-8.

Another player who entered the round of the 16 best was the Spanish Carla Suárez Navarro, twelfth seeded, who defeated New Zealand’s Marina Erakovic 6-2, 6-2.

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Meanwhile, for the second round, in addition to Serena, the Russians Svetlana Kuznetsova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, the Czech Barbora Strycova and the German Annika Beck won. (Reuters)

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