Can anyone beat Serena Williams at Wimbledon?

June 30, 2013 at 9:31 AM
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LONDON, June 30 (UPI) -- Serena Williams appears on top of her already elevated game as the 127th Wimbledon Championships move into a second week.

A few postponements due to rain were made up, allowing organizers to carry out their planned off day Sunday. For the women, it's a chance to look back at the havoc of the first week in which six Top 10 players, including No. 2-ranked Victoria Azarenka and third-seeded Maria Sharapova, were either beaten or injured and unable to play.

Also, there's the search for anyone who might defeat Williams.

She has swept through her first three matches in straight sets, with a match Monday against 23rd-ranked Sabine Lisicki next on her schedule. Liscki has won just four games against Williams in their two career meetings.

Williams is the defending Wimbledon women's single champion. Since taking that title last July, she's won the Olympics, U.S. Open, WTA Tour Championships and the French Open, among other tournaments. She is 43-2 this year with six titles. She has a 34-match winning streak into the match versus Lisicki.

No. 4-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska and sixth-seeded Li Na are in the Williams half of the draw and could play in the quarterfinals. They are a combined 12-1 against Williams.

Eighth-seeded Petra Kvitova, who won at Wimbledon in 2011, is the highest seed left in the second half of the draw.

An intriguing matchup could come about, however, if rising U.S. star Sloane Stephens, seeded 17th, could pull through and meet Williams next Saturday in the women's singles final. They had a spirited meeting in the quarterfinals at the Australian Open that Stephens, coming from behind, took in three sets.

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