Wimbledon: Serena Williams races past Kimiko Date-Krumm in straight sets

Last Updated: 29/06/13 9:35pm

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Defending champion Serena Williams continued her smooth progress at Wimbledon with a 6-2 6-0 third-round win over Japanese veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm under the Centre Court roof.

Williams, bidding for her sixth Wimbledon title and 17th Grand Slam, needed just over an hour to brush aside the challenge of 42-year-old Date-Krumm, the oldest player in the tournament.

The result extends Williams' career-best winning streak to 34 matches and sets up a last-16 meeting with 23rd seed Sabine Lisicki.

With David Ferrer and Alexandr Dolgopolov going to five sets on Court One, the final instalment of the women's third round was switched to Centre.

Williams immediately took control of the contest with breaks in the fourth and sixth games on the way to opening a 5-1 lead.

The American failed to serve it out at the first attempt but immediately broke Date-Krumm for a third time in the next to clinch the opening set.

And Williams swept through the second set in ruthless fashion, reeling off six games in a row.

The top seed has lost just 11 games during the first three rounds of this year's tournament and has not tasted defeat anywhere since losing to Victoria Azarenka in the final of the Qatar Open in February.

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