Serena, Pierce advance to 3rd round

Serena Williams defeated Belgian Els Callens to enter the third round at Wimbledon. Mary Pierce also moved into the third round.

updated: February 25, 2007 09:48 IST
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Top seed and defending champion Serena Williams defeated Belgian Els Callens in straight sets - 6-4, 6-4 - to enter the third round at Wimbledon. Serena smacked 22 winners in her winning effort. In an earlier match, two-time Grand Slam champion Mary Pierce upset No. 14-seeded Eleni Daniilidou 6-4, 6-1 in her second round match. Pierce, ranked 86th and plagued by injuries in recent years, advanced to the third round of a major event for the first time since Wimbledon last year. She lost in the opening round at this year's French Open, and in the second round at the Australian Open. But she looked in fine form against Daniilidou. Pierce won the Australian Open in 1995 and the French Open in 2000, but her best showing at Wimbledon was a quarter-final appearance in 1996. "She's a delight to watch when she's on her game," said Pam Shriver, a five-time Wimbledon doubles champion and now a BBC commentator. "And I've never seen her apply her skills so well on a grass court. She now becomes a danger figure in her part of the draw". In another match, No. 10 seed Anastasia Myskina beat Russian compatriot Lina Krasnoroutskaya 6-1, 6-4. (AP)