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Wimbledon: Serena Williams wins, sets up USA quarterfinal clash with Alison Riske
July 8 (UPI) -- Serena Williams beat Carla Suarez Navarro in straight sets Monday, setting up a quarterfinal clash against fellow American Alison Riske at Wimbledon.
The seven-time Wimbledon champion beat her Spanish foe 6-2, 6-2 in the 1:04 match at the All-England Club in London. Riske upset No. 1 Ashleigh Barty to reach her first Grand Slam quarterfinal. She'll face Williams Tuesday in London.
"Every match is still super hard. Today I won a lot of points," Williams told reporters. "It wasn't your average 6-2, 6-2 score. There weren't too many 40-love games at all.
"I think everyone is also getting better and as the tournament goes on that's when the better players are surviving."
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Williams won Monday's first set in 31 minutes. She fired 21 winners against Suarez Navarro's nine winners. The 23-time Grand Slam champion lost in the third round of the French Open last month. She pulled out of the Italian Open due to a knee injury. Williams said she feels healthier and is working off the rust.
"It's definitely a lot of both," Williams told reporters. "The rust is definitely wearing off. Most of all I feel confident that I can actually move and I don't have to go for winners so soon because I'm in pain.
"It's like 'oh, now I can just play my game and hit shots and not have to worry about anything else.' It's good when your mind is clear and you can just play."
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Williams said Riske is a great person and a "fighter on the court."
"She is playing really great, especially on the grass," Williams said. "She is attacking that ball really well. She doesn't let anything limit her."
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