Serena Williams easily reaches Wimbledon 3rd round

June 27, 2013 - 10:36 AM
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Serena Williams of the United States returns to Caroline Garcia of France during their Women's second round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Thursday, June 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

LONDON (AP) — Five-time champion Serena Williams avoided the kind of early upset that has sent many top players tumbling out of Wimbledon, beating Caroline Garcia 6-3, 6-2 on Thursday to reach the third round.

A day after Roger Federer topped the list of big names to go out in the second round, the top-ranked Williams was never in trouble against the 100th-ranked French qualifier.

Williams broke twice in each set to advance to a match with Japanese veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm, who at 42 became the oldest woman to reach the third round at Wimbledon in the Open era.

Date-Krumm beat Alexandra Cadantu of Romania 6-4, 7-5 to reach the third round for the first time since 1996, when she made it to the semifinals.