Wimbledon: Defending champion Serena Williams far too strong for Caroline Garcia
Serena Williams cruised into the third round of Wimbledon after a comfortable 6-3 6-2 victory over Caroline Garcia.
Last Updated: 27/06/13 5:16pm
The top seed had far too much power for her 19-year-old French opponent, who could show only fleeting glimpses of her potential.
Williams, whose fastest serve of the match was clocked at 123mph, did not have to save a single break point as she wrapped up the win in just an hour and seven minutes.
Williams will face 42-year-old Japanese veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm in the last 32.
"Kimiko has great hand-eye co-ordination. She returns unbelievable shots. It doesn't matter how hard you hit it, she sees the ball and gets it back," Williams said.
"She has great hands, has a wonderful great volley, comes to the net a lot, which on grass can be tricky. She plays really flat, so the ball stays really low."
It took Serena's sister Venus two hours and 55 minutes to beat Date-Krumm in 2011, edging a deciding set 8-6.
Serena added: "I did see the match. I think I lost four years of my life watching that match. So I will definitely be talking to Venus and figuring out what I can do to do the best that I can in my next match."
Qualifier Garcia improved upon her performance from the only previous meeting with Williams, less than a month ago, when the American steamrollered her way en route to French Open glory.
The teenager, who has yet to advance past the second round of a grand slam event, started aggressively and took the first game on serve without dropping a point.
But an encouraging start was derailed after just 12 minutes when Williams broke for the first time, and the 31-year-old was never in real danger as she broke again to take the first set in 30 minutes.
Williams continued to look composed and in control, breaking six games into a second set in which Garcia continued to push.
But Wlliams was still an easy winner and will next face Date-Krumm, who is the oldest woman to reach the Wimbledon third round in the open era.