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Latest update : 2009-06-27

Two-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams powered into the fourth round by beating Italy's Roberta Vinci 6-3, 6-4. Williams will play Daniela Hantuchova, who won against Ai Sugiyama (6-4, 6-3).

AFP - Second seed Serena Williams powered into the fourth round at Wimbledon with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Italy's Roberta Vinci on Friday.

Williams, a two-time Wimbledon champion, gave a masterclass in baseline play to bury Vinci under a barrage of brutal ground-strokes and set up a last 16 match against Japan's Ai Sugiyama or Daniela Hantuchova.

Serena has yet to drop a set at Wimbledon this year and never looked likely to lose that impressive record in her 200th Grand Slam match.

It is six years since Serena last won Wimbledon and, with last year's final defeat to her sister Venus in mind, the Australian Open champion has the look of a woman on a mission to regain her crown.

A brief glance at Vinci's under-whelming CV suggested there was little in her game to frighten Serena.

The world number 53 had never been past the third round of a Grand Slam in 17 attempts and Serena, who took just 58 minutes to dispose of Jarmila Groth in the second round, seemed determined to make short work of Vinci.

She broke for an early 2-0 lead then, after dropping her own serve, extinguished the Italian's hopes with another morale-crushing break.

The 27-year-old revealed after beating Groth that she is working on a television script, but cliffhanger moments were in short supply after that.

Serena's power hitting was too much for Vinci. With almost every ball racing back at Vinci, it was a surprise when Serena won a point with a more subtle touch.

When Vinci scampered to the net to retrieve a Williams drop-shot, she was left horribly exposed, but instead of blasting the ball at her opponent, Serena simply clipped a gentle winner down the line.

While some of her less famous female contemporaries had been granted a spot on Wimbledon's two main show courts on Friday, Serena was surprisingly shunted out to the new Court Two.

If she was unsettled by the less glamourous surroudings, she didn't show it.

The first set was secured with the minimum fuss and she broke in the first game of the second set to take complete control.

Another break put Serena 4-1 ahead. It was all too easy and she briefly let her concentration waver before closing out the match in emphatic style.

Date created : 2009-06-26