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Serena Williams loses a set at Wimbledon, but advances to third round

Serena Williams celebrates beating US player Christina McHale

Serena Williams celebrates beating US player Christina McHale during their women's singles second round match on the fifth day of the 2016 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in London, on July 1, 2016. Credit: AFP/Getty Images / ADRIAN DENNIS

Serena Williams rebounded after losing the first set and went on to reach the third round at Wimbledon by beating Christina McHale 6-7 (7), 6-2, 6-4.

She will next face Annika Beck of Germany in the third round.

The match started with the roof open, but the rain returned to the All England Club and play was briefly delayed as the retractable roof was closed.

Williams, a six-time Wimbledon champion, lost a set for the first time at this year’s tournament.

Williams held a set point while ahead 5-4 and McHale serving at 30-40, but a shot by McHale that initially was ruled out was reversed on a video challenge. They replayed the point, and McHale won it to stay in the set.

When the set ended, Williams sat at her changeover chair and slammed her racket repeatedly against the turf, then flung it behind her, drawing a warning from the chair umpire.

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