Wimbledon Women's Day 6 Recap: Straight-Set Saturday
Top-seeded Serena Williams defeated Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia in straight sets on Saturday 6-0, 7-5. The defending Wimbledon champion moves into the second week at Wimbledon for the fourth straight year.
Serena's serve was relentless. Through three rounds of the tournament, Serena has not been broken once. In two sets on Saturday, Serena recorded 20 aces, won 94 percent of her first serves (31 of 33) and did not double fault once.
In what is a much anticipated rematch of the 2004 Wimbledon finals, Serena will face No. 16-seeded Maria Sharapova of Russia in the fourth round next week. Sharapova defeated Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic in straight sets on Saturday 7-5, 6-3. Although Sharapova's serve was not as strong as it had been in previous rounds, her groundstrokes were lethal. She generated 34 winners in Saturday's contest, compared to her opponent's 11.
Sharapova caught the world's spotlight by defeating Serena at the 2004 Wimbledon finals. The Russian who has battled shoulder injuries in her last two Wimbledon campaigns returns to the fourth round for the first time since 2007.
Caroline Wozniacki moves into the fourth round at Wimbledon for the second straight year. The No. 3-seeded teen from Denmark defeated No. 29-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia in straight sets 7-5, 6-4. Wozniacki committed 12 less unforced errors than her opponent.
No. 7-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland advanced over No. 32-seeded Sara Errani of Italy 6-3, 6-1.
No. 9-seeded Li Na of China defeated Anastasia Rodionova of Australia in straight sets 6-1, 6-3. It took Li under an hour to win the match. Li defeated Sharapova at the AEGON Classic finals during this year's grass-court season. She then bowed out and retired in the first round the week after in Eastbourne. Li seems to have recovered and reaches the fourth round at Wimbledon for the first time since 2006.
Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic upset No. 10-seeded Flavia Pennetta of Italy 6-2, 6-3.
Another unseeded Czech to move on in Saturday's play at Wimbledon was Petra Kvitova. Kvitova upset No. 14-seeded Belarusian Victoria Azarenka 7-5, 6-0.
Kaia Kanepi of Estonia defeated No. 31-seeded Alexandra Dulgheru of Romania 6-1, 6-2 to round out Saturday's play on the women's side.