Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Serena Williams Gets Milestone Win

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Serena Williams Gets Milestone Win

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LONDON * Serena Williams has won so many Grand Slam matches that she's lost count.

Then again, as she noted Sunday, it's her losses that get a lot more attention nowadays.

Looking much more ready for Week 2 at Wimbledon than she did in her previous outing, Williams joined Martina Navratilova as the only women with 300 victories at major tournaments in the Open era by overwhelming Annika Beck 6-3, 6-0 in 51 minutes to get to the fourth round.

"Every time I step out on the court, if I don't win, it's major national news," Williams said a day after her counterpart in the men's draw, No. 1 and defending champion Novak Djokovic, was ousted. "But if I do win, it's just like a small tag in the corner."

Pushed to three sets her last time out, Williams was about as dominant as can be against her 43rd-ranked German opponent. Nearly perfect, even.

Williams won the last 17 points she served. She won 24 of the last 28 points overall. She accumulated 25 winners to two for Beck.

Afterward, the six-time Wimbledon champion was asked whether she knew she had reached a milestone by getting her 300th Grand Slam match win, breaking a tie with Chris Evert for second place behind Navratilova's total of 306.

"No. Was it? Cool. Oh, nice," the 34-year-old American said with a laugh. "I had no idea. That's awesome, right? That's good, right?"

She's now 300-42, an .877 winning percentage, and will go for No. 301 right away: All 16 men's and women's fourth-round matches are scheduled for Monday, when Williams faces two-time major champion Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Yes, thanks to sun on Sunday, the tournament is all caught up after persistent rain left a backlog of matches. This was only the fourth time since The Championships, as they're called around these parts, began 139 years ago that matches were played on the middle Sunday.

On the other three occasions 1991, 1997, 2004 fans lined up overnight to buy tickets that normally are so difficult, and expensive, to come by, creating a loud festival of flag-waving, face- painted folks thrilled to be on-site for once. This time, seats could only be purchased online, and there was a far-less-vibrant vibe than in the past on what was known as "People's Sunday. …

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