It has been a controversy-filled last few weeks for Serena Williams, but she hasn’t let the negative attention impact her tennis game. Williams stomped competitor Kimiko Date-Krumm in a match that barely lasted over an hour, finishing Date-Krumm off to the tune of 6-2, 6-0. Williams, Wimbledon’s defending champion, recorded eight aces as well as 11 return winners in the dominating victory.
Her coach, Patrick Mouratoglu, under whom Williams is 77-3 over the past year, praised her incredible performance after the match, but also offered some words of caution:
She didn’t lose energy, and her game, I think, is getting better, day after day. Not better in general, but adapting to the surface. Everything is getting better. So now let’s enter into the most important part of the tournament…Now the matches are going to get tougher and tougher.
The 42-year-old Date-Krumm was the oldest woman to reach the third round at Wimbledon in 45 years. She is currently ranked 84th in the world and has never advanced past the semifinals at a Grand Slam event.
Williams has won 34 matches in a row, a mark that is the longest in tennis since her sister Venus won 35 consecutive matches back in 2000. Of course, Williams’ on-court dominance has been slightly overshadowed recently by her controversial comments (and non-apology for said comments) regarding the Steubenville rape case, as well as her tiff with Maria Sharapova over Sharapova’s current boyfriend, who used to date Williams. .