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Serena Williams cruises in rout

Updated: June 26, 2014, 4:36 PM ET
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LONDON -- Five-time champion Serena Williams wasted no time in reaching the third round at Wimbledon, routing Chanelle Scheepers 6-1, 6-1 on Thursday in just 49 minutes.

Chasing her 18th Grand Slam title, the top-seeded American overwhelmed the 94th-ranked South African in the opening match on Court 1 at the All England Club.

Williams served eight aces and had 26 winners. After dealing with back issues earlier this season, Williams says she's feeling better.

"I felt ...

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