Serena Williams cruises into third round of Australian Open

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Serena Williams is back in the Australian Open’s third round, where her stay in the Grand Slam tournament ended a year ago.

The owner of an Open era-record 23 major singles championships moved on by grabbing the last seven games to beat 99th-ranked Nina Stojanovic of Serbia 6-3, 6-0 in a little more than an hour.

Williams saved all three break points she faced, hit a half-dozen aces and compiled 27 winners with just 11 unforced errors.

The 39-year-old American has won the title in Australia seven times, but her third-loss to Wang Qiang in the third round in 2020 was Williams’ earliest exit at Melbourne Park in 14 years.

Serena Williams waves after defeating Nina Stojanovic in their second round match at the Australian Open.

This time, Williams will try to go further with a win against Anastasia Potapova, a 19-year-old Russian who was the junior champion at Wimbledon in 2016 and currently is ranked 101st.

Potapova has yet to win a tour-level title and will be making her debut in the third round at a major tournament.

Bianca Andreescu ousted

Bianca Andreescu’s return to competitive tennis has been cut short after she lost in the second round of the Australian Open to Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan 6-3, 6-2.



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