Serena Williams enjoyed a 7-5, 7-6 (2) win over France’s Kristina Mladenovic in their women’s singles third round match. AFP / Glyn KIRK
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Serena Williams boosted her chances of winning an eighth Wimbledon and 24th Grand Slam by making the fourth round at the All England Club Friday as big sister Venus fell victim to the curse of the seeds. Serena, seeded a modest 25 this year, enjoyed a 7-5, 7-6 (2) win over France's Kristina Mladenovic to set up a last-16 duel with Russian qualifier Evgeniya Rodina.Victory on Centre Court, sealed with a 13th ace, came 20 minutes after Venus, a five-time champion, had slumped to a 6-2, 6-7 (5), 8-6 loss to Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands over on Court One.Only two of the top 10 seeds remain in the women's draw – number one Simona Halep, who plays her third round match Saturday, and seventh seed Karolina Pliskova who came back from 1-4 down in the second set to defeat Mihaela Buzarnescu 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-1 .Serena said she was delighted to be into the second week at Wimbledon.
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