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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  • Maria Sharapova

    Maria Sharapova of Russia reacts during a fourth round singles match against Sabine Lisicki of Germany at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Monday, July 2, 2012.

  • Maria Sharapova

    Maria Sharapova of Russia plays a return to Sabine Lisicki of Germany during a fourth round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Monday, July 2, 2012.

  • Maria Sharapova

    Maria Sharapova of Russia plays a return to Sabine Lisicki of Germany during a fourth round women's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Monday, July 2, 2012.

  • Maria Sharapova

    Maria Sharapova of Russia plays a return to Sabine Lisicki of Germany during a fourth round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Monday, July 2, 2012.

  • Sabine Lisicki

    Sabine Lisicki of Germany plays a return to Maria Sharapova of Russia during a fourth round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Monday, July 2, 2012.

  • Maria Sharapova

    Maria Sharapova of Russia waits between sets during a fourth round singles match against Sabine Lisicki of Germany at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Monday, July 2, 2012.

  • Sabine Lisicki

    Sabine Lisicki of Germany plays a return to Maria Sharapova of Russia during a fourth round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Monday, July 2, 2012.

  • Sabine Lisicki

    Sabine Lisicki of Germany returns a shot to Maria Sharapova of Russia during a fourth round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Monday, July 2, 2012.

  • Sabine Lisicki

    Sabine Lisicki of Germany reacts winning against Maria Sharapova of Russia during a fourth round single match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Monday, July 2, 2012.

  • Sabine Lisicki

    Sabine Lisicki of Germany reacts winning against Maria Sharapova of Russia during a fourth round single match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Monday, July 2, 2012.

  • Sabine Lisicki

    Sabine Lisicki of Germany reacts winning against Maria Sharapova of Russia during a fourth round single match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Monday, July 2, 2012.

  • Denis Istomin

    Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan returns a shot to Mikhail Youzhny of Russia during a fourth round men's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Monday, July 2, 2012.

  • Serena Williams

    Serena Williams of the United States returns a shot to Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan during a fourth round women's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Monday, July 2, 2012.

  • Rufus the Hawk

    Rufus the Hawk, with handler Imogen Davies on day seven of the 2012 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon, London Monday July 2, 2012. The owner of a hawk used to patrol skies and deter pigeons from the Wimbledon tennis tournament says the bird has been returned after thieves stole it from a car. Rufus, a Harris hawk, was stolen with its cage last week from a car parked on a private driveway in the southwestern suburb of Wimbledon. Davis said Monday that the bird was handed in to an animal hospital in southwest London Sunday evening.

  • Yaroslava Shvedova

    Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan returns a shot to Serena Williams of the United States during a fourth round women's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Monday, July 2, 2012.

  • Francesca Schiavone

    Francesca Schiavone of Italy bites a tennis ball after missing a shot against Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic during a fourth round women's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Monday, July 2, 2012.

  • Petra Kvitova

    Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic returns a shot to Francesca Schiavone of Italy during a fourth round women's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Monday, July 2, 2012.

  • Serena Williams

    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.

  • Yaroslava Shvedova

    Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan plays a return to Serena Williams of the United States during a fourth round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Monday, July 2, 2012.

  • Serena Williams

    Serena Williams of the United States serves to Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan during a fourth round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Monday, July 2, 2012.

  • Yaroslava Shvedova

    Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan reacts during a fourth round singles match against Serena Williams of the United States at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Monday, July 2, 2012.

  • Tamira Paszek

    Tamira Paszek of Austria returns a shot against Roberta Vinci of Italy during a fourth round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Monday, July 2, 2012.

  • Roberta Vinci

    Roberta Vinci of Italy returns a shot against Tamira Paszek of Austria during a fourth round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Monday, July 2, 2012.

  • Roger Federer

    Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a return to Xavier Malisse of Belgium during a fourth round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Monday, July 2, 2012.

  • Roger Federer

    Roger Federer of Switzerland wipes his face during a fourth round singles match against Xavier Malisse of Belgium at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Monday, July 2, 2012.

  • Roger Federer

    Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a return to Xavier Malisse of Belgium during a fourth round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Monday, July 2, 2012.

  • Xavier Malisse

    Xavier Malisse of Belgium plays a return to Roger Federer of Switzerland during a fourth round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Monday, July 2, 2012.

  • Tamira Paszek

    Tamira Paszek of Austria returns a shot against Roberta Vinci of Italy during a fourth round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Monday, July 2, 2012.

  • Roger Federer

    Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a return to Xavier Malisse of Belgium during a fourth round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Monday, July 2, 2012.

  • Serena Williams

    Serena Williams of the United States reacts after defeating Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan during a fourth round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Monday, July 2, 2012.

  • Serena Williams

    Serena Williams of the United States plays a return to Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstanduring a fourth round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Monday, July 2, 2012.

  • Francesca Schiavone

    Francesca Schiavone of Italy reacts during a fourth round singles match against Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Monday, July 2, 2012.

  • Petra Kvitova

    Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic serves to Francesca Schiavone of Italy during a fourth round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Monday, July 2, 2012.