Tennis - Serena Williams sails into the third round of the Australian Open



by PRAKASH

Tennis - Serena Williams sails into the third round of the Australian Open

Tennis - World no. 1 Serena Williams moved closer to her 18th grand slam singles title with a dominant performance over Serbia's Vesna Dolonc in the second round of the Australian Open in Melbourne on Wednesday. Serena needed only 63 minutes to defeat the world's 104th ranked player 6-1, 6-2 and advance to the last 32.

Serena wore a pink and black outfit on Rod Laver Arena for this match. When asked about the hot playing conditions in Melbourne, Serena commented, "I just pretend I'm in Hawaii riding a wave man, it's all I can do. I'm still excited to just be here, to be playing in front of this crowd.

I'm just happy to still be alive." She will meet either 31st Daniela Hantuchova or Karolina Pliskova in the third round. Meanwhile, Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki was sent packing from the tournament on Wednesday by Romanian junk-specialist Monica Niculescu.

Niculescu upset the 15th seeded German 2-6 6-2 6-2. Lisicki had been working with former world no. 1 Martina Hingis during this event but that did not seem to have much of an impact on ger game today. Niculsecu will meet Russian Ekaterina Makarova in the third round.

In otehr results coming in from Wednesday, Luksika Kumkhum's run in Melbourne came to an end at the hands of German Mona Barthel. Kumkhum, who scored the biggest upset of the tournament in the first round by beating sixth seeded Petra kvitova, went down fighting in the beat to Barthel 4-6 6-3 6-4.

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