Serena Williams claimed a dominant 6-3, 6-0 win over Serbian Nina Stojanovic in the second round of the Australian Open on Tuesday. The 10th seed ticked all the usual boxes that mark her play. Her serve was as potent as ever – she used with aplomb to extricate herself from the three break points she faced in the match – her returns had both speed and power as did her shot-making.
To Stojanovic’s credit, she kept the pressure on Williams throughout the first set, catching Williams off-guard a few times with her shot placement. However, more often than not, Stojanovic also over-cooked her shots, spaying errors which also helped Williams never lose her lead in the match.
Australian Open: Easy does it for Serena Williams
The seven-time Australian Open champion broke Stojanovic for the first time in the match in the fourth game of the first set. Three games later, Williams faced two break points herself.
While she saved the first with a winner, the second was saved with an ace. While Stojanovic did hold her serve in the eighth game, Williams claimed the set – and the lead – when serving for it in the ninth game.
The second set began with a break of Stojanovic’s serve. With Williams serving to consolidate the break in the following game, she faced her third – and last – break point but it was thrust to the side just as quickly as it had come about.
From that moment on, it seemed as though Stojanovic’s reserves had tapped out. She lost her two following service breaks even as her opponent kept consolidating them with ease. Williams served for the match in the sixth game of the set and wrapped up the proceedings with an ace.
The American won 24 of 28 points on her first serve, hitting 27 winners to 11 unforced errors. On the other hand, Stojanovic hit 15 winners and 18 unforced errors. Williams finished with 61 points to Stojanovic’s 38 for the match.
In the third round of the Australian Open, Serena Williams will play Russia’s Anastasia Potapova. Photo Credit: WTA Twitter