July 7, 2018 11:32 IST

Wimbledon 2018: Serena Williams beats Kristina Mladenovic, advances to round 4

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Seven-time champion Serena Williams has kept her Wimbledon hopes alive with a hard-fought 7-5, 7-6 (7-2) third-round victory over Kristina Mladenovic. Older sister Venus Williams, however, crashed out of the tournament with a 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 8-6 loss to Kiki Bertens. Mladenovic served for the first set at 5-4 during the match on Friday but she squandered that opportunity and then got broken once again in the 12th game to drop the opener, Efe news reported. Serena only broke the Frenchwoman's serve once in the second set, although that was enough to force a tiebreaker, which she won easily. Credit: (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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The 36-year-old American great is ranked number 181 as she was absent from the WTA Tour nearly all of last season due to pregnancy and maternity leave, but she has a 17-match winning streak at Wimbledon dating back to the start of the 2015 tournament and is among a handful of favorites for the title. Credit: (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)
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Serena Williams of the United States in action against Kristina Mladenovic of France in the third round of the ladies singles at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 6, 2018. Credit: (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)
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Serena Williams of the United States in action against Kristina Mladenovic of France in the third round of the ladies singles at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 6, 2018 in London, England. Credit: (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)
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All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, England; The Wimbledon Tennis Championships, Day 5; Serena Williams (USA) consoles Kristina Mladenovic (Fra). Credit: (Photo by John Patrick Fletcher/Action Plus via Getty Images)