Wimbledon: Defending champion Serena Williams far too strong for Caroline Garcia
Last Updated: 27/06/13 5:16pm
Serena Williams: Was not troubled at all by French youngster Caroline Garcia
Five-time champion Serena Williams cruised into the third round of Wimbledon after a comfortable 6-3 6-2 victory over Caroline Garcia.
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.
"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."
Serena Williams on her upcoming match with Kimiko Date-Krumm
"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.