Defending champion Serena Williams went through to the 3rd round of the ladies' singles event early on Thursday, but not before having to battle it out against 19-year old Simona Halep of Romania on Court No.2. After dropping the first set, the 4-time Wimbledon champion came back strongly to win the next two and proved too good for the former French Open Junior Champion. Serena eventually romped home 3-6, 6-2, 6-1.
The 58th ranked Romanian started the match well, looking cautious yet assured in the opening games, holding her serve in the process. Halep's serve considered no-match for Serena's powerful return game, was surprisingly steady and consistent. It was in the 4th game that Halep got a break point courtesy Williams' 9th unforced error, which she duly pounced upon with a rare winner of her own. Halep was landing 80% of her first serves, and that allowed her some free points as Serena remained erratic early on. By the 7th game, she had raced to a 5-2 lead and soon served out the set much to the amazement of the sparsely populated outside court.