A semblance of order was restored at Wimbledon on Thursday, a contrast to Wednesday’s wild upsets and withdrawals.
No. 1 seed Serena Williams eased past Caroline Garcia of France, 6-3, 6-2, in 67 minutes in her second-round match Williams’ 33rd consecutive match victory. Williams had nine aces and no double faults in earning her 599th career victory.
“After everything yesterday I just wanted to stay on my toes and be focused,” Williams told reporters after her match.
“I really was shocked that Roger Federer was not able to win. [Sergiy] Stakhovsky played excellent. It was just weird. Seeing all the falls and slips [Wednesday], I went in with a mind frame of be careful and be ready.”
There was one upset among the men. No. 17 Milos Raonic of Canada, who had been enjoying a strong season, was eliminated in the second round by Igor Sijsling of the Netherlands, 7-5, 6-4, 7-6(4). But No. 7 Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic advanced to the third round with a 7-6 (6), 6-4, 6-2 win over Daniel Brands of Germany.
James Blake of the U.S., a tour veteran at 33, was beaten by 20-year-old Bernard Tomic of Australia, 6-3, 6-4, 7-5.