Serena Williams is looking for history. The American tennis star is aiming to complete the year-long grand slam and Wimbledon is the final piece of the puzzle. So far the top seed has been playing up to the challenge. In her most recent match she made quick work of Timea Babos in two sets and now she will look to keep on the path as she faces British favorite Heather Watson.
Through two matches, Williams has not been challenged in this tournament. She struggled for two games in the opening round before tying things up and winning in two sets. He last match lasted all of 34 minutes and included seven aces. Now she faces Watson, the only British woman to reach the second round of the tournament as she now has the entire country rooting for her. Williams admitted that she does not know much about Watson, but has no plans of getting shocked out of the tournament.
"I don't know her (Watson) at all, I just see her around the locker room," said Serena, via TheStar.com. "She's always smiling so she seems to be super sweet. I know Venus has played her before. I've watched that match a few times. I feel like she does really well on grass."
At 23-years-old, Watson came into Wimbledon as the top ranked British woman and now the pressure is on to keep the dream alive. This tournament has already seen one major upset as Dustin Brown beat Rafa Nadal on Thursday. Can Watson be the next? She admits that facing her hero is intimidating, but she remains confident in her abilities.
"Serena's an amazing athlete and a great champion. She's always the one to watch. She's always the favourite for every tournament she plays," Watson said, via the Mirror.uk. "I've never played Serena before and have always said I'd love to but she's obviously a very, very tough opponent. I feel like in matches like that, you've got a lot to gain, so it's a real positive to play her. I watch her but I watch most of the girls play. I really enjoy watching women's tennis. I'm a bit of a geek. I study. I like to pick different parts of each of their games and try to incorporate into mine."
The matchup to get into the fourth round will certainly be an interesting one. Williams comes in with a lot of experience while Watson has the pressure of a country resting on her shoulders. The two will go to blows on center court.