WIMBLEDON – On Court No. 2, Serena Williams moved past â€œGolden Setâ€ Yaroslava Shvedova 6-1, 2-6, 7-5 to reach the Wimbledon quarterfinals on Monday. Shvedova won a perfect set capturing 24 straight points in her last match against Sara Errani.
Williams controlled the windy conditions in the first set blasting past the Kazakh 6-1.
Shvedova turned things around in the second set dictating points and breaking Williams twice.
â€œI felt, like, my opponent played really good today,â€ Williams said. â€œI definitely felt like I let her back into the match.Â She’s a great player and she’s been doing really well. â€œ
In the tight third set, Williams finally broke Shvedova in the 11th game after failing to capitalize on three break points at 4-4 against the 65th ranked player.
â€œI just felt like today I was sluggish out there, just pulling myself together mentally.
â€œBut, like I said, I feel like I can do a lot better, which is very comforting, because if this is my best I’m in trouble.
â€œI think my opponent particularly today didn’t hesitate.Â I thought she really went for the glory, as my opponent in the last round went for the glory.
You know, I just feel like everyone is trying to do their utmost nowadays.Â And why not?â€
Williams knocked 22 aces and 35 winners past Shvedova for the victory.
Williams will face Petra Kvitova, the defending Ladiesâ€™ champion in the quarterfinals.
She last played Kvitova two years ago at Wimbledon. Â â€œI don’t remember that., â€œ said Williams. â€œI’m sure she does.Â She played unbelievable.Â I know she served well.Â Then she went on to win the title the next year, so she’s obviously a great grass court player â€‘ as well as I am.Â I’ll be ready.â€