Tennis Star Is 'Mrs. Williams' to Wimbledon, if Not to You

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Defending champion Roger Federer took his streak of consecutive sets won at Wimbledon to 26 on Wednesday, reaching the third round with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-1 victory over Slovakia's Lukas Lacko.

The Bulgarian offered a little more fight in the second, but only after conceding an early break that she would fail to recover from, and the seven-time Wimbledon victor had it wrapped up in 66 minutes.

"I haven't played her in a while".

Swiss Federer looked relaxed and greeted his adoring supporters as he entered the practice courts on Thursday in preparation for Friday's contest against the big-serving Struff. "Sorry to go on about that, but I wanted to say that so women out there know that's not true".

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With her driver normally being the weapon that helps her excel over her competitors she hit just four fairways on Sunday . She had to hit a flop shot standing inches from the water, with the ball nestled under the high grass around the lake.

The ninth-seeded American had struggled in the opening set of her first-round match with Johanna Larsson, but roared back to win. "As long as I'm winning points and games, I'm all good", she said.

Federer fired three of those aces in a row to take the second set and he got his 15,000-strong Centre Court fan club gasping in astonishment as he produced a ridiculous backhand drop shot from behind the baseline.

At 4-3, 40-30, Federer hit a 118 miles per hour ace to hold and start his roll that included the last five points he served in the first set, all 20 in the second, and then the first 10 of the third.

Despite the separation from Nike, Federer is still wearing personalised Nike shoes that include an updated logo just for the 2018 Wimbledon Championships. When the match started, I really felt like nerves settled.

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But, Axel Witsel's presence in midfield is vital, meaning Mertens remains the only expendable player in attack. They've only gone out twice at this stage in that run (vs France in 2006 and vs the Netherlands in 2010).

With Wozniacki's exit, five of the top eight seeds in the women's draw are already out of the competition at SW19 by the third day.

"Ideally it's two sets", Venus said.

"I want to be here to focus on tennis, not eating bugs".

Russian world number 35 Makarova faces Czech world number 66 Lucie Safarova in the third round. In addition to actual tennis play, the 36-year-old profits from numerous endorsement deals, which have included Nike, Gatorade, Delta Air Lines, Aston Martin, Pepsi, Beats by Dre, OPI, IBM, and Chase Bank.

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National Park Service spokesman Jerry Willis says at least six people were taken into custody Wednesday. Park Police and NYPD officers spent hours trying to talk her down .

"It was better than my first round and I'm happy that I'm going in the right direction", said 25th-seeded Williams.

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