Wimbledon 2019: Serena Williams storms into second round after crushing qualifier Giulia Gatto-Monticone


SERENA WILLIAMS has stormed into the second round of Wimbledon after crushing qualifier Giulia Gatto-Monticone in straight-sets.

THE American No11 seed, 37, wasted no time as she broke her opponent three times in the first set alone.

Serena Williams powered into the second round with a dominant win
The seven-time Wimbledon champion was far too strong for her qualifier opponent

The seven-time Wimbledon champion ensured she made a statement as she thumped her Italian opponent in no time at all.

Williams moved to 5-0 and nearly completed the bagel on Centre Court.

But she lost the sixth game on Gatto-Monticone’s serve, before being broken herself.

Clearly furious, the American legend – set to play mixed doubles with Andy Murray – broke back immediately to seal the set 6-2.


The second set started more evenly, with both players holding serve – until the eighth game.

Williams finally tightened her grasp on the match as she broke after a long rally at deuce-advantage.

The veteran superstar then simply had to serve out for game, set and match – and failed, as Gatto-Monticone showed some grit and determination.

Ultimately though, the perennial champion prevailed 6-2 7-5 – breaking the Italian in what turned out to be the final game of the match – as one Williams sister made it into round two.

On day one, Serena’s big sister Venus was stunned by 15-year-old wonder-kid Coco Gauff.

After her heroics against the 39-year-old, she beamed: “My motto is ‘just wing it’.

“We’re all going to die one day, I just want to make the most of it.

“I don’t want to put too much pressure on the little moments because those are the moments that kind of turn out big when you look back in life.”


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