The Grand Slam dream is flickering but still alive after Serena Williams won a nervous, anxious, impatient, unnecessary three-setter over great Centre Court hope Heather Watson in a fascinating, topsy-turvy, raucous third-round win at Wimbledon.

This was the sort of match Serena foreshadowed while basking in the glow of her French Open title early last month. In that final against Lucie Safarova, she blew a lead of a set and a break, then went down 0-2 in the third before righting the ship for her third title at Roland Garros and 20th Slam overall. Afterward, she admitted the pressure of trying to get another French and a leg of the Grand Slam had weighed on her. And that was only when she was halfway.

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