Nestor reaches quarter-finals

Two-time defending champion Serena Williams was a serving sensation while Canada’s Daniel Nestor reached the quarter-finals in men’s doubles today at Wimbledon.
Williams served 12 aces, including one clocked at a Wimbledon women’s record of 203 km/h, as she overwhelmed 16-year-old Tatiana Golovin 6-2, 6-1.
Williams crushed the Russian-born French player in 55 minutes on Centre Court to set up a marquee quarter-final Grand Slam rematch against fellow American Jennifer Capriati.
Capriati, who defeated Russian Nadia Petrova 6-4, 6-4 in another fourth-round match, beat Williams in the quarter-finals of the French Open last month.
Now they’ll meet in the Wimbledon quarters for the third time in four years. “I think we definitely have a nice rivalry going on,” Williams said. “It’s good, I like it.”
In the bottom half of the women’s singles draw, Lindsay Davenport of the U.S. became the first player to reach the semi-finals as she swept 19-year-old Karolina Sprem of Croatia 6-2, 6-2 in 51 minutes.
The fifth-seeded Davenport will face 17-year-old Russian Maria Sharapova, who underlined her reputation as the biggest new star in the game by beating Japan’s Ai Sugiyama, 7-5, 5-7, 6-1 to make her first Grand Slam semi-final.
Sugiyama was five points from winning the match, holding a break point for 5-4 in the second set, before Sharapova turned things around in emphatic fashion.
Sharapova is the youngest Wimbledon semi-finalist since Martina Hingis and Anna Kournikova made it to the final four in 1997 at 16. Hingis beat Kournikova in the semis and won the title that year.
Also advancing to the quarters in the top half was Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo, who beat Silvia Farina Elia of Italy 7-5, 6-3.
Mauresmo next will play Argentine Paola Suarez, who downed Italian Rita Grande, 4-6, 6-0, 6-2 to reach her first Wimbledon quarter-final. Suarez lost in the French Open semis last month to Elena Dementieva.
Meanwhile, Nestor of Toronto and doubles partner Mark Knowles advanced with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Americans Travis Parrott and Vincent Spadea. They feel they’re off to the strongest start at a Grand Slam.
“Usually, we take time to adjust and there are ups and down,” Nestor said. “But not this time. We had another good match today, we never trailed.”