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Serena Williams wins her Wimbledon opener easily

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Serena Williams made short, quick work of Mandy Minella in her first-round Wimbledon match, then sped off the court.

The topic, immediately after her 6-1,6-3 victory, was her winning streak, which now has reached 32 matches in a row.

“I don’t think about it,” Williams told the BBC (via ESPN) immediately after the match. “I keep telling you guys, every single time I step out on the court it’s a new match for me and I never think about what happened in the past.”

Williams, 44-2 on the year, will play Carolina Garcia in the second round. The defending champion at Wimbledon, she is the No. 1 seed in the tournament she has won five times.

“It was really special coming out as defending champ,” Williams, who won the French Open two weeks ago, told the BBC. “Winning here last year was a great moment for me, but what really stood out was I played the Olympics here last year [winning a gold medal] and that was such a great moment, too. So many great moments on this court.”

Williams was not immediately asked about her little spat with Maria Sharapova, a winner Monday in the first round and perhaps now it’s truly history. Sharapova said Monday that she hoped to put the issue behind her and move on.

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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