x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Safina eases through

Top seed Dinara Safina blasted her way into the third-round at Wimbledon with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Paraguay's Rossana De Los Rios.

LONDON // Top seed Dinara Safina blasted her way into the third-round at Wimbledon with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Paraguay's Rossana De Los Rios. Safina, the world No 1 but still chasing her first grand slam crown, used a mix of powerful serving and superior groundstrokes to unseat the South American, ranked 99 places beneath her. The Russian took the opener in 35 minutes courtesy of a single break and another break was all she needed to wrap up the match in an hour and 22 minutes, sealing victory with a crunching backhand crosscourt winner.

Safina will bid to reach the fourth-round here for the first in her career against Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens. *Reuters