Williams shows title form

Serena Williams signalled her intent to regain the Wimbledon crown as the number seven seed brushed past Lourdes Dominguez-Lino of Spain in straight sets on Court Two.

Serena Williams signalled her intent to regain the Wimbledon crown as the number seven seed brushed past Lourdes Dominguez-Lino of Spain in straight sets on Court Two.

The so-called ’Graveyard of Champions’ never looked like claiming another famous scalp as the American stepped up her game following a slow start to wrap up a 7-5 6-0 victory despite a 90-minute stoppage for rain.

Williams, 26, was victorious here in both 2002 and 2003, but has since suffered from a combination of lack of form and injury as she slipped down the rankings.

The American has been troubled by a hamstring problem recently.

“I was doing the best I could today,” she said.

“I felt a bit limited, but if things had been tougher I would have kept fighting harder and got through it.

“It [the hamstring] is doing okay. I am just taking it a day at a time and it is getting better slowly, but surely.”

Earlier on the same court, Britain’s Naomi Cavaday almost pulled off a shock when she had two match points against former Wimbledon champion Martina Hingis.

However, the ninth seed fought back from losing the first set to complete a 6-7 (1-7) 7-5 6-0 victory.

Cavaday, the world number 232, said: “I am incredibly gutted right now that I did not take it.

“There are so many positives from it as well, just as so much to go away and work on.”

In the day’s other matches which made it through the rain, number one seed Justine Henin beat Jorgelina Cravero of Argentina 6-3 6-0.

Shahar Peer, the 16th seed from Israel, beat Thailand’s Tamarine Tanasugarn 7-5 6-2.

Australian Alicia Molik knocked out Russian Anastasia Rodionova in straight sets, 6-3 6-2.

On Court 14, Switzerland’s Patty Schnyder, the 15th seed, had a marathon match against Camille Pin of France, eventually coming through 6-1 4-6 8-6.

Schnyder had trailed 5-1 in the final set, but fought back for victory.

She said: “I played a great first set, but I just could not keep it up.

“Then I struggled with confidence – and it is really always up and down what I go through in grass-court matches.

“So today, it was really good to come through a difficult one.”

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