Sizzling Serena Teaches Basting a 35-min Lesson

Published June 28th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Eighth seed Serena Williams needed just 35 minutes to notch a lightning-quick win over Dutch qualifier Yvette Basting in London Wednesday to storm into the third round of the women's singles at Wimbledon. 

The 18-year-old US power machine, seeded to face former champion Conchita Martinez in the quarterfinals, whacked down nine aces to win 6-1, 6-0 in an embarrassingly one-sided contest on Court 18 against Basting, who is ranked 187 in the world. 

Williams next meets Cristina Torrens-Valero of Spain, who edged past Magdalena Grzybowska of Poland 7-6 (8/6), 7-5. 

Elder sister Venus, the fifth seed, was due to play Japan's Ai Sugiyama. 

Venus has beaten Sugiyama in all four of their previous meetings but the powerful American has had fitness problems this year, missing a large chunk of the season after suffering tendinitis in both wrists. 

Australian teenager Alicia Molik failed to build on a good start against Amy Frazier of the United States as Frazier advanced 4-6, 7-5, 6-4. 

Molik's defeat ensured that her home town of Adelaide suffered more disappointment after Queen's Club winner Lleyton Hewitt crashed in the opening round of the men's singles on Tuesday. 

In other early action, Tina Pisnik of Slovenia thrashed Lubomira Bacheva of Bulgaria 6-2, 6-1 as she also advanced to the last 32. 

Pisnik now faces experienced German baseliner Anke Huber, the 11th seed, who suffered early on before ousting British hope Louise Latimer 5-7, 6-3, 6-3. 

"It was up and down, maybe I should have come to the net a little bit more," said Huber, who has never been past the fourth round in 10 visits. 

"I made a lot of mistakes, but I won. That's the most important thing," added the 25-year-old German. 

America's Pete Sampras, continuing his bid for a 7th Wimbledon title and his 13th Grand Slam Championship, is due for a second-round match against Karol Kucera. While Australia's Lleyton Hewitt, seen as the only one capable of dethroning Sampras, got dumped in the first round by unseeded American Jan-Michael Gambill 6-3, 6-2, 7-5. 

Andre Agassi suffered a minor scare when fellow American Taylor Dent took the first set 6-2, however, Agassi managed to take the next two 6-3, 6-0. 

Dent retired with a knee injury in the fourth set 4-0, awarding Agassi the match - (Several Sources) 

 

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