Serena Williams survived her second round match at Wimbledon on Friday, defeating Christina McHale 6–7, 6–2, 6–4.
McHale gave Williams—the No. 1 seed in the tournament—a scare, winning the first set and taking a 2–0 lead in the third. But Williams battled back, winning six of the match’s last eight games to keep her title defense alive.
McHale, the No. 67 player in the world, has never won a WTA event. The furthest McHale has ever advanced at Wimbledon was the third round in 2012.
Williams is a six-time Wimbledon champion. She will face Annika Beck in the third round.