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Serena Williams Beats Yaroslava Shvedova To Reach Quarterfinals At Wimbledon

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Serena Williams of the United States returns a shot against Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan during a fourth round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Monday, July 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Serena Williams of the United States returns a shot against Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan during a fourth round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Monday, July 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

WIMBLEDON, England -- Serena Williams came through another tough three-set match Monday to reach the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, beating 65th-ranked Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan 6-1, 2-6, 7-5.

Williams cruised through the first set in windy conditions before the hard-hitting Shvedova found her rhythm in the second, breaking the American twice to even the match. Williams then wasted three break points at 4-4 in the third before eventually breaking for a 6-5 lead. She clinched the victory with a backhand winner on her first match point.

In her third-round match, Williams won the last set 9-7 against Zheng Jie.

Shvedova, a wild-card entry, became the first woman in the Open Era to win a set without losing a single point in her third-round match against Sara Errani.

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