WIMBLEDON, England -- Serena Williams moved so swiftly through her fourth easy Wimbledon victory Monday that only the reigning champion -- her sister -- seems primed to stop her.
Williams overpowered Magdalena Maleeva 6-2, 6-1 in 49 minutes and has now lost just 11 games in eight sets.
She's seeded fifth but no woman has played better -- or faster. Her longest match was 54 minutes.
A year ago, Serena lost in the semifinals to older sister Venus, who then beat Lindsay Davenport for the title. This year, Venus is seeded second, Davenport third and Jennifer Capriati fourth. Top-seeded Martina Hingis lost her opening match.
Serena said her short matches require her to do more preparation in practice so "when I do play a harder player, like I did against Venus in the semis, or maybe Capriati, then I'll be ready."
Capriati, halfway to the Grand Slam with her Australian and French Open triumphs, had to rally from 4-1 down in the second set to win her third-round match.
She could face Serena in the quarterfinals in a rematch of their quarterfinal meeting at the French Open won by Capriati 6-2, 5-7, 6-2.
"The last time, I didn't play. I think it was someone impostering me, hitting errors and going crazy," Serena said.
Venus lost only 14 games through the third round. Davenport, in her second tournament since a knee injury sidelined her three months, isn't at top form despite losing just 17 games.
Under a typically cloudy London sky, Serena was the first to advance Monday to the quarterfinals, when all 16 women and 16 men still in contention were scheduled to play.
And she gave her father, Richard, plenty to brag about.
Seated in the third row, he held a wireless microphone and commented in hushed tones on his daughter's match while an associate held a video camera. During breaks in play, he stood up with the court as a backdrop for standup shots for the camera.
Serena's shots were more impressive.
She broke Maleeva's service in the first set, but her father, seated near enough for her to hear, said, "Turn it up."
She did that and had the Bulgarian sprinting along the baseline to run down powerful shots to the left side, then the right, then back to the left.
Late in the first set, Serena started connecting with her serve and finished the 23-minute set with an ace.
The second set started just like the first as Maleeva lost her service. The only one she held was in the third game, but then Williams won the last four games.
Maleeva, who has two sisters who played pro tennis, was outaced by Williams 11-2. Williams now has 38 aces through four rounds, compared to three for her opponents.
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