After dropping the first set 11th seeded Serena Williams came back to beat 18-year-old qualifier Kaja Juvan of Slovenia, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4, to advance to the third round of Wimbledon, Concise News reports.
23 Grand Slam singles titles winner, Williams has been equal Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24
She last won a Grand Slam title at the 2017 Australian Open when she beat her older sister Venus in the final.
However, she lost in the finals of both Wimbledon and the US Open a year ago.
Juvan is still in high school and won’t play the US Open because of her exam schedule, according to Chrissie Evert. She jumped out to take the first set and put Williams on notice. Serena lost the set when she smacked an overhead into the net on set point. She had 4 winners against 12 unforced errors in the set.
Juvan was playing in just her second Grand Slam event ever. She beat 15-year-old American Coco Gauff in the final round of qualifying at the French Open to make the main draw. Gauff, who beat Venus Williams in the first round at Wimbledon, will play her third-round match on Friday.
“This was the best I’ve felt since February,” Williams said on the BBC after her second-round match. “I pretty much had to skip most of the hardcourt season and just a couple matches on clay. I’m feeling good, so it’s just so amazing.
“I am better now. I haven’t felt this way since February. I just feel so thankful and I am happy, and now I get to play with my baby. And it’s fun, I get to do everything I love.”
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 4, 2019