It was quite the challenge, but Serena Williams was able to come away with a third round win against England’s Heather Watson in three sets 6-2, 4-6, 7-5.
The Wimbledon crowd was behind Watson as they cheered loudly after every point she won, especially in the third set. Serena was able to call on her experience and come back from down 3-0 in the final set and advance to the round of 16, where she will face her sister, Venus Williams.
Serena, a five-time champion at Wimbledon, felt lucky to escape with the win. As USA Today reports, Serena only had good things to say about the up and coming Watson.
“That was probably my toughest match (on Centre Court). She gave her all. She should have won that match, really. She was just playing so good there was nothing I could do.”
As for Watson, although she played tough, she leaves Wimbledon a bit unsatisfied. She told BBC News that she knows she wasted a great opportunity.
“I was two points away from winning that match so I am pretty disappointed. The atmosphere was fantastic and pushed me on, but I just wished I could have closed it out.”
Serena will get a nice little rest before she has to square off versus Venus. Serena won’t have to play the next two days and it she looked like she needed the time off after as she looked exhausted after the three-set match on Friday. As reported on earlier at the Inquisitr, the heat has been a problem this year at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.
Things won’t get any easier for Serena when she faces Venus on Monday, and she is aware of the challenge that lies before her. Sports Illustrated is reporting that Serena sees herself as a bit of an underdog against her sister.
“She’s in better form than I am. At least one of us will be in the quarterfinals.”
Venus has cruised through the first three rounds without dropping a set. Venus is also looking for her sixth Wimbledon title.
Serena has a record of 14-11 against Venus. At Wimbledon, the two have met five times, with Serena winning three of those contests.
Who do you like in the Serena Williams/Venus Williams match on Monday? Do you think the winner of that match will be able to close the deal and claim their sixth Wimbledon singles title?
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