Serena Williams earned a decent day’s rest on the middle Sunday at Wimbledon, while Jo-Wilfried Tsonga had to work overtime — 19-17 in the fifth set —in another marathon involving John Isner.
Williams, the defending women’s champion and six-time winner, overwhelmed Annika Beck 6-3, 6-0 in just 51 minutes on Centre Court early Sunday afternoon, advancing to the fourth round with her 300th career Grand Slam match win.
Williams, who compiled a 25-2 edge in winners, wasn’t aware of the 300-win milestone until she was asked about it in a post-match interview.
“I had no idea,” she said. “That’s awesome, right? That’s good, right? I think that’s a lot of matches.”
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Williams’ latest win breaks a tie at 299 wins with Chris Evert. She now ranks second in the Open era behind Martina Navratilova, who went 306-49.
Williams, who is bidding to equal Steffi Graf’s Open era record of 22 Grand Slam titles, was asked about the pressure of being expected to win all the time.
“Every time I step out on the court, if I don’t win, it’s major national news,” she said. “But if I do win, it’s just like a small tag in the corner. … I don’t look at it as a burden. I look at it almost like something that’s really awesome to be in that position.”
For only the fourth time in Wimbledon’s 139-year history, play was scheduled on the middle Sunday, which is the traditional rest day, because of rain delays in the first week that caused a backlog of matches.
While Williams played just 15 games in under an hour, Tsonga and Isner needed 44 games and 2 hours, 33 minutes to complete the final two sets of their suspended third-round match. The final set featured 36 games and lasted 2 hours, 8 minutes.
“It’s good to be alive,” said Tsonga, who saved a match point at 16-15 in the fifth before overcoming the American 6-7 (3), 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2, 19-17.
Isner led two sets to one when play suspended because of darkness on Saturday. The match lasted a total of 4 hours, 24 minutes on Court 2.
Nick Kyrgios, an Australian seeded No. 15, set up a marquee fourth-round matchup against No. 2 Andy Murray, defeating Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-4. Kyrgios, who served out the match after receiving a time delay warning, made it to the quarterfinals as a wild card in 2014.
An all-Czech matchup was assured in the fourth round when No. 10 Tomas Berdych and Jiri Vesely both advanced. Berdych, the Wimbledon runner-up in 2010, beat 19-year-old rising German star Alexander Zverev 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, while Vesely swept Portugal’s Joao Sousa 6-2, 6-2, 7-5.
Williams will next face No. 13 Svetlana Kuznetsova, who came from 5-2 down in the final set to beat No. 22 Sloane Stephens 6-7 (1), 6-2, 8-6 and reach the fourth round for the first time since 2008.
Also advancing was 50th-ranked Elena Vesnina, who beat 225th-ranked American qualifier Julia Boserup 7-5, 7-5. She'll next play fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova, a 6-4, 6-2 winner over No. 24 Barbora Strycova.