No. 1 seed Serena Williams has dropped just five games in her first two matches at Wimbledon.
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By McCarton Ackerman, USTA.com
Team USA had a successful day at Wimbledon on Thursday, with Serena Williams, John Isner, Madison Keys and Alison Riske all advancing to the third round.
Five-time Wimbledon champion Williams encountered few problems against veteran Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa, needing just 49 minutes to get past her opponent, 6-1, 6-1. The No. 1 seed has put on a serving clinic so far this tournament, hitting 24 aces in her first two matches. She’ll play No. 25 seed Alize Cornet of France on Saturday.
Keys matched her third-round finish of a year ago, regrouping from a bad patch late in the second set to defeat No. 31 seed Klara Koukalova of Czech Republic, 7-5, 6-7 (3), 6-2. The 19-year-old is now on a seven-match winning streak after her claiming her maiden WTA title last week in Eastbourne, England. She’ll be the on-paper favorite to reach the second week of a major for the first time in her career when she plays Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan.
Riske also matched her third-round showing at Wimbledon last year by weathering the power from Camila Giorgi of Italy. Playing tactically sound tennis, Riske continued to frustrate her opponent before closing out the match with a service winner, 7-5, 6-2. Next up for her is No. 5 seed Maria Sharapova.
On the mens’s side, Isner moved into the third round of Wimbledon for the first time in his career, prevailing in an epic first-set tiebreak on his way to defeating Jaarko Nieminen of Finland, 7-6 (17), 7-6 (3), 7-5. The American grabbed the lone break of serve all match at 5-5 in the third set before comfortably closing things out in the next game. Next up for the No. 9 seed is either three-time Wimbledon quarterfinalist and No. 19 seed Feliciano Lopez or unseeded Ante Pavic.
Americans Sam Querrey, Jack Sock and Denis Kudla weren’t as fortunate, with all three falling in their second-round matches. In the completion of a match started Wednesday, Querrey fell to No. 14 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-7 (4), 6-3, 14-12.
Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams and young American Lauren Davis will play their third-round matches on Friday, while 18-year-old Victoria Duval will take the court for her second-round match.