Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 6/30/12

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 28: Serena Williams of the United States of America plays a forehand in her semifinal match against Na Li of China during day eleven of the 2010 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 28, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
WIMBLEDON, England -- Serena Williams hit 23 aces, held every service game and barely escaped an upset bid by Zheng Jie, winning 6-7 (5), 6-2, 9-7 Saturday in the third round at Wimbledon. Williams, who erased all six break points she faced, served three times to stay in the match and held each time at love. She was pushed to deuce serving in the final game but closed out the victory with a volley winner, then hopped in glee on the Centre Court grass. The scrappy, 5-foot-4 1/2 Zheng played with little flash but plenty of consistency, committing only 17...

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