Wimbledon 2016: Straight set win for Serena Williams

The world No1 needs one major title to equal Steffi Graf’s 22 and, after coming up short in her last three attempts, she's through to the second round of Wimbledon.

Wimbledon 2016: Straight set win for Serena Williams
Serena Williams wins her first round match | photo: scoop nest

Defending champion Serena Williams reached the second round of Wimbledon with a 6-2 6-4 win over Switzerland's Amra Sadikovic.

Williams wasted little time at all in sealing her first win at the tournament as she looks to finally equal Steffi Graff's record of 22 grand slams at her fourth attempt.  She needed just over an hour in her comfortable straight sets win over the world number 148, Sadikovic,

Possible record-breaking year

This is her 64th singles grand slams of Williams' career and she has only ever lost once in the first round, to Virginie Razzano in 2012 French Open.  However, it became clear from early on that there would be no such repeat of this seismic shock, despite the best efforts of the inspired Swiss.  

The six-time champion, 34, has now won 80 and lost 10 matches at Wimbledon.

Amra Sadikovic trying to fight back | photo: bleacher report
Amra Sadikovic trying to fight back | photo: bleacher report

Embracing the situation and soaking up Williams' often frustrated aura, she broke in the first two games as she benefitted from some slack serving from the American, who threw in three double faults.  

Fighting spirit

Trying to fight back to throw Williams off her game, Sadikovic did have her fair share of chances but didn’t really fully take control of the game with her inconsistent serve and turns.  Sadikovic was feeding on Williams’s anger and frustration, to take a few games from the American. In the second set she had five chances to break Williams serve, finally, she did however it was a little too late to pull herself back into the game.

Williams gritted her teeth in the second set with a couple of wobbles her tension and anxiety the surrounded her the entire match causing her problems. Urging herself on, Williams eventually secured the match point when Sadikovic just missed a lob and sealed victory after challenging a wrong call when her shot landed on the far baseline.