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|Serena Williams Easily Reaches Wimbledon 3rd Round
|LONDON (AP)--Five-time champion Serena Williams avoided the kind of early upset that has sent many top players tumbling out of Wimbledon, beating Caroline Garcia 6-3, 6-2 on Thursday to reach the third round.
A day after Roger Federer topped the list of big names to go out in the second round, the top-ranked Williams was never in trouble against the 100th-ranked French qualifier.
Williams broke twice in each set to advance to a match with Japanese veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm, who at 42 became the oldest woman to reach the third round at Wimbledon in the Open era.
Date-Krumm beat Alexandra Cadantu of Romania 6-4, 7-5 to reach the third round for the first time since 1996, when she made it to the semifinals.