Photos: Brave Serena Williams survives Christina McHale scare to enter third round of Wimbledon

Serena Williams composed herself after a first-set loss and a burst of anger that made her smash her racket, to beat tenacious fellow American Christina McHale in a tense second-round match at Wimbledon (Reuters) Picture AP

Serena Williams composed herself after a first-set loss and a burst of anger that made her smash her racket, to beat tenacious fellow American Christina McHale in a tense second-round match at Wimbledon. (Reuters) Picture AP

The defending champion finally ran out a 6-7(7) 6-2 6-4 winner against the world number 65 on Centre Court, marching on in her quest to emulate Steffi Graf's Open era record of 22 grand slam singles titles (Reuters). AP

The defending champion finally ran out a 6-7(7) 6-2 6-4 winner against the world number 65 on Centre Court, marching on in her quest to emulate Steffi Graf's Open era record of 22 grand slam singles titles. (Reuters) AP

Dismayed at dropping the first set after being a single point from taking it, Serena Williams sat in her Centre Court sideline chair and cracked her racket against the turf once, twice, three times, four. Then she casually flung the racket, hurling it so far behind her that it landed in the lap of a TV cameraman. (AP). Pic AFP

Dismayed at dropping the first set after being a single point from taking it, Serena Williams sat in her Centre Court sideline chair and cracked her racket against the turf once, twice, three times, four. Then she casually flung the racket, hurling it so far behind her that it landed in the lap of a TV cameraman. (AP) Pic AFP

Williams recovered to force a third set, only to fall behind yet again Friday, perilously close to what would have been the six-time champion's earliest exit in 17 Wimbledon appearances. But as she herself declared afterward: "Mentally, no one can break me." AP

Williams recovered to force a third set, only to fall behind yet again, perilously close to what would have been the six-time champion's earliest exit in 17 Wimbledon appearances. But as she herself declared afterward: "Mentally, no one can break me." AP

Eventually, the top-ranked Williams did indeed come through, edging McHale 6-7 (7), 6-2, 6-4 for a thrill-a-minute victory at a tournament so rain drenched this week that matches will be scheduled on the middle Sunday for only the fourth time in 139 years. AP

Eventually, the top-ranked Williams did indeed come through, edging McHale 6-7 (7), 6-2, 6-4 for a thrill-a-minute victory at a tournament so rain drenched this week that matches will be scheduled on the middle Sunday for only the fourth time in 139 years. AP

Serena Williams shakes Christina McHale's hand after a hard fought win."It was a really good match. She played great and she always plays great against me," Williams said after seeing off the world number 65. AP

Serena Williams shakes Christina McHale's hand after a hard fought win."It was a really good match. She played great and she always plays great against me," Williams said after seeing off the world number 65. AP

Serena will now face Germany's Annika Beck for a place in the last 16. AFP

Serena will now face Germany's Annika Beck for a place in the last 16. AFP

 


Updated Date: Jul 02, 2016 21:01 PM

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