WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -- Serena Williams took 35 minutes Wednesday to surge into the third round of Wimbledon, routing Dutch qualifier Yvette Basting 6-1, 6-0.
Williams, seeded No. 8, served nine aces and volleyed sharply against an opponent ranked 187th in the world. Basting, making her Wimbledon main draw debut, looked helpless and won only 17 points.
Williams' only lapse came when she double faulted at 40-0 love on match point. She promptly hit an ace on the next point, then skipped to the net, blowing kisses to the crowd.
The 18-year-old Williams is playing in her first tournament since being sidelined in April with tendinitis in her left knee. She reached the third round of Wimbledon in 1998.
Her 20-year-old sister, fifth-seeded Venus, played later in the day against Japan's Ai Sugiyama.
Pete Sampras, bidding for a seventh Wimbledon crown and 13th Grand Slam championship, was due back on Centre Court for a second-round match against Karol Kucera.
Top-seeded Martina Hingis and Anna Kournikova were among the women scheduled to play.
On Tuesday, the tournament lost one of the men's title favorites.
The pre-Wimbledon buzz was centered on 19-year-old Lleyton Hewitt, the hotshot Aussie anointed as the man with the best chance of dethroning Sampras.
Maybe next year. Hewitt didn't get past the opening round.
Fizzling in his first appearance on Centre Court, Hewitt went down in straight sets to unseeded American Jan-Michael Gambill.
''It's one of those days,'' Hewitt said after the 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 defeat. ''It's just a shame. You know you're going to have days like this, but you just hope its happens in a (tour) event or a little bit smaller event than Wimbledon.''
Hewitt, with a 41-8 record this year, raised great expectations when he beat Sampras in straight sets in the final of the Queen's Club tournament 10 days ago. Sampras hailed Hewitt as a star and one of his main challengers for the title.
''He's awesome on every surface,'' countryman Patrick Rafter said Tuesday before Hewitt's loss. ''He's going to be someone who is going to have multiple Grand Slam titles beside his name.''
But on this day Hewitt was just another first-round flameout.
Gambill, ranked 49th in the season-long points race, overwhelmed him in the first two sets, outslugging him from the baseline and nearly serving him off the court.
''I had very little chances on his serve in the first two sets,'' Hewitt said. ''He just served bombs the whole time.''
The Australian began to find his game in the third set, racing to a 5-2 lead and looking like he might produce a five-set comeback. But Gambill stormed back to take five straight games and close the match.
Hewitt said he'll try to put the match out of his mind as fast as possible and concentrate on Australia's upcoming Davis Cup semifinal against Brazil. Beyond that, his goal is to finally make a serious run in a Grand Slam event.
''I haven't been there towards the latter stage of a Grand Slam as yet,'' he said. ''That's the next step that I've got to take, to make it through to that Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday of the second week in the Slams.''
Gambill, 23, has also been looking for his first breakthrough in a major.
He came into Wimbledon with a career record of 7-11 in Grand Slam tournaments. Named after actor Jan-Michael Vincent, Gambill was known as much for his good looks as his game -- he was featured as one of People magazine's 50 most beautiful people this year.
''I need to come out and play a lot more matches like this,'' he said. ''What this match proves to me is that I can, against a top guy, play a tough match for three straight sets.''
Gambill has struggled under the pressure of being part of a new generation of American players expected to follow Sampras, Andre Agassi and Jim Courier.
''It's very tough to live up what we have to live up to,'' he said. ''That's not exactly my goal. If I somehow make it to anywhere near that level, I'd be very happy.''
Another American hopeful, 19-year-old qualifier Taylor Dent, threw a scare into the second-seeded Agassi on Tuesday by taking the first set, 6-2. But Agassi took the next two, 6-3, 6-0, and Dent, having lost 11 straight games, retired with a right knee injury at 4-0 in the fourth.
Also injured was Corina Morariu, who was forced to quit while trailing defending champion Lindsay Davenport -- her doubles partner -- 6-3, 1-0.
Morariu slipped at the baseline, her legs buckling. She tried to brace her fall with her left hand and rolled onto her stomach, writhing in pain.
The WTA Tour said X-rays showed no fracture, but there is the possibility of soft-tissue damage to the left elbow and shoulder. Morariu was to have more tests Wednesday.
Still, she had not officially withdrawn from doubles. She and Davenport won the Wimbledon women's doubles title last year and were seeded No. 2 this year.
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