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Serena bludgeons way into round three

Serena Williams barely breaks sweat during an imperious 6-2, 6-1 win over Australia's Jarmila Groth.

Serena Williams booked her place in round three with a crushing defeat of Jarmila Groth.
Serena Williams booked her place in round three with a crushing defeat of Jarmila Groth.

LONDON // Serena Williams barely broke into a sweat during an imperious 6-2, 6-1 win over Australia's Jarmila Groth as she cruised into the third round at Wimbledon today. The American second seed, chasing a third crown at the All England Club, was fastest out of the blocks and never let the world No 69 settle into a rhythm. Groth, who scored an eye-catching win over Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic in round one, avoided a second set whitewash with a late hold but a service return into the net gave Serena victory on her second match point after 58 minutes.

She will face either 31st seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia or Italy's Roberta Vinci for a place in the fourth round. *Reuters