Serena, who was cheered on from the players’ box by US First Lady Michelle Obama, ended a two-year Grand Slam title drought with her Wimbledon final victory over Agnieszka Radwanska 21 days ago and the American had promised that would be the springboard to even greater success.
On this evidence the 14-time Grand Slam winner looks in the mood to add Olympic singles gold to the two doubles golds she won with sister Venus.
The only danger to Serena’s progress against the out-classed Jankovic appeared to be the recently reseeded grass on Centre Court which caused the players to lose their footing several times.
But it was fitting that a Wimbledon legend like Serena should deliver such a dominant display of grasscourt tennis as the Olympics returned to south-west London for the first time since 1908.
The genteel surroundings of Wimbledon have a well-earned reputation for a rather sedate atmosphere, but there was a sense the famous old venue has let its hair down for the Olympics.
A concert by British band the Pet Shop Boys on Henman Hill opened the event, and all the courts were decked out in the purple Olympic livery, while players were allowed to break the Wimbledon tradition of wearing all-white and instead donned the colours of their nations.
Former Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych was the first big-name to tumble in the men’s singles as the Czech sixth seed lost 6-4, 6-4 to Steve Darcis, an unheralded Belgian ranked 75th in the world.
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