Ons Jabeur, a third-seeded Tunisian, advanced to the third round at Wimbledon on Wednesday with a straightforward 6-4, 6-0 victory against Polish qualifier Katarzyna Kawa.
Jabeur, who is now ranked second in the world, is one of the favorites to win the tournament after winning the WTA 500 championship on grass courts in Berlin two weeks before the grasscourt Grand Slam.
The 27-year-old, who defeated Mirjam Bjorklund in just 54 minutes on Wednesday to advance to the All England Club quarterfinals in 2021, appeared to pick up where she left off in her opening-round victory.
Jabeur, who entered the second-round match against 29-year-old Kawa, ranked 91st, with a 2-0 head-to-head advantage, played aggressively from the outset, combining powerful groundstrokes with clever drop drops to dominate from the baseline.
After an early exchange of service breaks, Jabeur broke Kawa's serve twice in the ninth game before holding serve to win the opening set. Kawa had never played on grass before this season.
Kawa began to experience difficulties with what appeared to be a shoulder issue in the second set and required on-court medical assistance when losing 3-0. She was able to get back on the court, but she didn't put up much of a fight.
On match point, Jabeur's march to triumph was nearly halted since she required five of them, but the Tunisian, who last week became the highest-ranked African player ever, ended the match with a powerful first serve.