Serena Williams juggernaut rolls on, but Venus’ Wimbledon journey is over

Serena and Venus Williams had contrasting results at Wimbledon on Friday.

Seven-time winner Serena needed only two sets to beat Kristina Mladenovic 7-5, 7-6 (7-2) in just under two hours, while five-time champion Venus was beaten in three sets by Kiki Bertens.

Serena was initially up against it as she lost her serve in game five of the opening set, but back-to-back breaks of serve in games 10 and 12 earned her the opening set.

After both players broke once inside the first three games of the second set, it went to the tie-breaker, which Serena dominated to win the contest.

The 25th seed will face world No 120 Evgeniya Rodina in the fourth round after the Russian upset 10th seed Madison Keys 7-5, 5-7, 6-4.

Meanwhile, Bertens had the early advantage against Venus as she won the opening set after charging into an early 4-1 lead, but the American squared things by taking the second set.

The 11th seed had the upper hand early in the decider as she broke in game one, but Bertens broke back to level it at 2-2 and it took 14 games to separate the pair with the Dutchwoman winning 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 8-6 in two hours and 40 minutes.

German Julia Goerges also had a tough day at the office as she also went the distance against Barbora Strycova, winning 7-6 (7-3), 3-6, 10-8 to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon for the first time in her career.