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Serena Williams And John Isner Advance To Quarterfinals At Wimbledon

By Karen Price | July 09, 2018, 1:04 p.m. (ET)

Serena Williams celebrates her win at Wimbledon on July 9, 2018 in London.


Serena Williams put together a nearly perfect package on Monday, needing just over an hour to defeat Russia’s Evgeniya Rodina, 6-2, 6-2, and advance to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.

The seven-time Wimbledon champion had just 11 unforced errors, 30 winners — including 10 on aces — and was broken just once against Rodina, who upset 10th-seeded Madison Keys to reach the round of 16. 

Williams, who last won titles in 2015 and 2016, has now won 18 straight matches at Wimbledon. She holds the record for most Grand Slam wins by a tennis player in the Open Era with 23, and holds four Olympic gold medals. 

Williams faces unseeded Camila Giorgi in the quarterfinals. 

Also advancing to the quarterfinals is 2012 Olympian John Isner. The No. 9 seed knocked off No. 31 Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, 6-4, 7-6, 7-6, with 54 winners and 22 aces. He’ll now play Canada’s Milos Raonic, who lost to Andy Murray in the championship final in 2016.

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Isner, who has the distinction of having played in the longest match ever at Wimbledon, reached the third round at Wimbledon four times in 10 tries but never advanced any further until this year. This now equals his best result ever at a Grand Slam. Isner made it to the quarterfinals at the US Open in 2011. 

Isner and Williams are now the only two Americans remaining in the singles tournament at Wimbledon. Raonic defeated Mackenzie McDonald earlier in the day, 6-3, 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-2.

More Americans are still alive on the doubles side of things, as Mike Bryan and Jack Sock advanced to the quarterfinals in the men’s tournament. Bryan has won three Wimbledon doubles titles with brother Bryan, who is currently recovering from a hip injury, while Sock won in 2014 with Canada’s Vasek Pospisil. Bryan also won Olympic gold in London and bronze in Beijing while Sock was a bronze medalist in doubles in Rio. The duo will face Divij Sharan and Artem Sitak in the quarters.

Sock is also in the third round of the mixed doubles tournament with partner Sloane Stephens, who was upset in the first round of women’s singles. Sock was a gold medalist in mixed doubles in Rio.

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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