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Serena not feeling the pressure

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Serena Williams insists she feels no pressure as she bids to win a fifth Wimbledon title. Speaking after her 6-1 6-4 victory over Melinda Czink, Williams said: "I feel no pressure. I think the only pressure is the pressure you put on yourself, and I'm not putting any pressure on myself. I play really good when I'm relaxed, so I just got to get there. I feel really though good physically, but I always want to be so perfect that sometimes I want to do too much. That's something I'm still working on."

Andy Murray was happy with his performance as he survived a test against the big-serving Ivo Karlovic: "Winning is all that's really important when you're playing a guy with his game. It's so challenging to get into a rhythm. I did well at the beginning of the third set to get the break. With someone like him it's a bit of a lottery but you hope he makes a mistake. He served a double fault in the tie-break and that was the difference. I felt I returned well today. I didn't get aced too many times."

Ivo Karlovic was seething after he was foot-faulted 11 times in his second-round defeat by Britain's Murray. "It was outrageous, outrageous," he said. "It's Wimbledon, Centre Court, and they do this. The whole credibility of this tournament went down for me." When asked what the difference was between the two players, he said: "Foot faults. I don't know what to say, but it was a little bit outrageous. In my whole life, ever since I was eight years old, my whole life I didn't do this many foot faults. It was like 11. After I don't know how many, I stood a little bit back so they cannot call (foot fault). They still did it."

Maria Sharapova admitted her serve let her down in the second set as after she survived a wobble to defeat Tsvetana Pironkova 7-6(3) 6-7(3) 6-0: "I was a little bit tentative and not being aggressive enough against someone that loves to play on grass and really takes the pace well. My serve was definitely that something that let me down in the tiebreak but I have been serving really well and it is just a matter of going out there and continuing it."

Anne Keothavong admitted she came up against a "brick wall" in the shape of French Open finalist Sara Errani: "She is pretty consistent and she is playing with lots of confidence. I felt like had to be the one who was aggressive because I am not going to win that match trying to outrally her. I just felt like I forced it a bit too much, I was a little slower round the ball and I wasn't sharp enough really."

Gilles Simon, who sparked a row over equal pay at majors this week, refused to back down, claiming his opinion was shared by the majority of the male dressing room. "It's not only my point of view, it's the point of view of everybody in the locker room, even for you, the media. Just check the price of the ticket from the men's final and the woman's final for example. That's the way it works in life and everything. Just to say it has to be equal because there is a struggle in life in general, I'm not sure it's a very good argument."

James Ward played tribute to the crowd after he went down 6-3 5-7 6-4 6-7(3) 6-3 to Mardy Fish. "I stayed in there as much as possible," he said. "He was playing well but I gave it my all and it just wasn't good enough. It might not have been the best match of my career because I lost but the atmosphere was great and the standing ovation at the end was unbelievable."

Xavier Malisse admitted his experience helped him through his match with Gilles Simon: "When you're older you know what to do. You stay calm, do your thing... When you play younger guys, when I used to be younger, wild and crazy, do whatever. It's very important you have experience under your belt."

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