Friday, June 27, 2014
Serena Williams, USA in 2nd Round match against the Republic of South Africa's Chanelle Scheepers at 2014 Wimbledon Championships.
Serena Williams blitzed her way into the third round with a display that combined discipline and bravura in equal measure. She saw off the South African journeywoman Chanelle Scheepers 6-1, 6-1 in 49 minutes.
“I’m always the favorite,” acknowledged Serena afterwards. “It’s been that way for the last three years and maybe years before that. So it can create pressure. But it’s OK – I’d rather it was that way.”
“I’m trying to figure out when this [press conference] is going to end,” she said. “I’m really losing focus up here. The longer these interviews go... Maybe that’s why at Wimbledon they have them long. This is getting... The questions change from tennis to Novak and then Rafa. It’s no longer about the match. Is this the last question?”
American Madison Keys during 2nd Round Match against the Czech Republic's Klara Koukalova at the 2014 Wimbledon Championships.
American Madison Keys, a winner last week in Eastbourne, took her winning streak to seven matches thanks to her 7-5, 6-7(3), 6-2 dismissal of 31st seed Klara Koukalova, the slight Czech who was out-gunned in the power stakes but who kept herself alive in the contest on Court 12 with speed, guile and anticipation.
“Definitely the whole match I wasn't playing my very best today, so there was definitely a lot of balls that came off my racket that were not great,” stated Keys.
“(Going into the third set) it was really (thinking) just stick to my game, calm down, don't rush, just go back to the basics, don't panic. It was really just staying with it and eventually feeling the ball a little bit better.”