Serena Williams beats Mona Barthel in straight sets in Cincinnati

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Serena Williams beats Mona Barthel in straight sets in Cincinnati

Tennis: World no.1 and 16-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams kept her winning run going and cruised into the Quarterfinal of Western and Southern Open WTA Tennis Championship in Cincinnati by beating Germany's Mona Barthel in straight sets 6-4, 6-1.

Serena served 7 aces and converted 4 out of the 8 break points as she defeated her opponent in 1 hour and 4 minutes clash. After the match Serena said, "It definitely wasn't easy," Williams said of Barthel.

"She's an interesting player. She seemed so light and smooth out there. You don't expect a ball to come that hard, but it was really hard, so that was a little bit surprising. But once I got used to it, it was a little better.

I just had to get used to it today." Williams didn't know too much about the German going in, but had seen her play. "I've always wanted to play her," she said. "She does well and I've seen her have some good results.

I didn't know much about her before the match, but I knew her name. And she handled it well today. It was impressive." Serena has set up a clash with Simona Halep of Romania, who defeated 2011 US Open champion Simona Halep in 3 sets 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.

About next match, Serena said, "Simona's a really good player," Williams said. "She gets so many balls back. I think she'll be tough for me on this surface. She plays so well. She's really fast, and she doesn't do anything badly. "Those are opponents that sometimes can be the toughest to play."