The one thing that Serena Williams and Evgeniya Rodina have in common is motherhood. When it comes to tennis the similarities soon run out.
So this clash of the moms was only ever going to end one way, with the seven-time champion confirming her place in the quarter-finals.
Williams was a class apart as she eased to a 6-2, 6-2 victory in a mere 62 minutes.
It looked like a flawless performance on Centre Court from Williams but the No.25 seed takes a lot of satisfying.
“I’m a perfectionist, I always find something wrong,” said Williams, who faces Italian Camila Giorgi for a spot in the semi-finals.
“I thought it was a good scoreline, but it was tougher than the scoreline. She can hit the ball well, which is why she made it so far.
“It’s great. I knew we were both mums, I’m not sure how often that’s happened, if ever. It shows you can be a mum, you can be in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon. You can do whatever you want.”
Williams, gunning for an all-time record 24th Grand Slam title this Fortnight, posted an 18th consecutive victory at Wimbledon, and 90th win overall.
The other seven players in her bottom half of the draw had won a combined total of 65 matches at The Championships, prior to the fourth round. When it comes to her numbers and experience, the 36-year-old Williams is truly in a league of her own.
Booking herself a place in the quarter-finals of a major for the first time since returning from maternity leave, Williams was in all-out attack mode against No.120 Rodina, who was in the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time.
A total of 30 winners came off the Williams racket, including 10 aces, and the American converted four of the five break points she created on Rodina’s serve.
Williams broke early and sped to a 3-0 lead and didn’t face a break point on her serve until the seventh game of the match. She brought her aggressive A-game to save it and sealed the set shortly after.
Rodina admits returning the Williams serve is quite the tall order.
“Speed and placement,” the 29-year-old Rodina said of what made Williams’ serve so tough to return. “She’s serving 115 [mph], and she puts the ball so close to the line. It’s so difficult playing against her.”
The American went up a break early in the second but Rodina pegged her back by claiming her first service break of the match in game five. It only delayed the inevitable though as Williams won the next three games to secure the victory.
Rodina addressed the press with an ice pack strapped around her left thigh and revealed that she was suffering from muscle pain in her leg, which made it tougher for her to serve. It was the aftermath of battling through seven matches in 14 days through Wimbledon qualifying and the main draw.
If Williams is going through anything similar, she certainly is not showing it.
Source: Reem Abulleil|| Wimbledon