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Serena into fourth round after easy win over Hantuchova

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Serena Williams powered past Daniela Hantuchova 6-3 6-3 at the Australian Open on Friday to advance to the fourth round. The world number one had lost their only other encounter at Melbourne Park, in the third round in 2006 when the Slovakian beat her in straight sets, but she made no mistake this time around.

Tennis: Top seed Serena through with record 61st win

World number one Serena Williams scorched past experienced Slovak Daniela Hantuchova in straight sets to reach the fourth round and set a new record of 61 Australian Open wins Friday. The American top seed used her powerful serve to good effect as she raced through the match on another hot Melbourne day 6-3, 6-3 in 80 minutes. Williams, bidding for a sixth Australian Open crown, now faces either former world number one Ana Ivanovic or 2011 US Open champion Samantha Stosur for a place in the quarter-finals.

Tennis: Serena mulls coaching after retirement

Tennis great Serena Williams on Wednesday said she would consider coaching after calling it quits -- but she admitted she's not sure she would be any good. The American, now 32, is often asked about retirement, even though she is in some of the best form of her life and shows no sign of slowing down. Martina Navratilova recently said she could challenge Steffi Graf's Open-era record of 22 Grand Slam titles. Williams is currently gunning for an 18th major to match Navratilova and Chris Evert.

'Paranoid' Serena survives heat to advance in Melbourne

By Simon Cambers MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The thought of playing a long match in the extreme Melbourne heat resulted in a sleepless night for Serena Williams, but the world number one need not have worried as she strode swiftly into the Australian Open third round on Wednesday. The American, trying to win the title for a sixth time, dispatched Vesna Dolonc of Serbia 6-1 6-2 in just over an hour on Rod Laver Arena before scurrying back to the cool sanctuary of the locker room.

Tennis: Top seed Williams ice-cool in Melbourne heat

Ice-cool top seed Serena Williams stayed on track for her sixth Australian Open title Wednesday with a straight-sets demolition of Serbia's Vesna Dolonc. The world number one raced through the match in oven-like conditions on Rod Laver Arena to make the third round with a dominant 6-1, 6-2 display in just 63 minutes. The victory was yet another landmark for the American veteran, who is gunning to match the achievement of Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova in winning her 18th Grand Slam.

Tennis: Serena insists fun more important than winning

A clinical Serena Williams swept past local hope Ashleigh Barty to get her Australian Open underway Monday, but insisted winning wasn't her main priority and having fun was more important. The American world number one, the overwhelming favourite to win a sixth Melbourne crown, wasted little energy in swatting aside the young Australian 6-2, 6-1 in under an hour to set up a second round clash with Serbia's Vesna Dolonc. The demolition moved Williams one step closer to an 18th Grand Slam title, while reinforcing the 32-year-old American as the tournament favourite.

Hot-serving Serena storms into second round

By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Ruthless Serena Williams kicked off her bid for an 18th grand slam title on Monday with a 6-2 6-1 demolition of local wildcard Ashleigh Barty to advance to the Australian Open second round. In ominous form after winning the Brisbane International warmup event, the American did not concede a point on her first serve under the lights of Rod Laver Arena and roared to her 23rd straight victory.

Tennis: Clinical Serena sweeps into Open second round

A clinical Serena Williams swept past local hope Ashleigh Barty to get her Australian Open underway Monday and move one step closer to an 18th Grand Slam title. The American world number one, the overwhelming favourite to win a sixth Melbourne crown, wasted little energy in swatting aside the young Australian 6-2, 6-1 in under an hour to set up a second round clash with Serbia's Vesna Dolonc.

Tennis: Serena, Li march through as Venus flops

Serena Williams and Li Na led the march into the Australian Open second round Monday but former great Venus Williams and sixth seed Petra Kvitova crashed out in the Melbourne heat. World number one Serena crushed local hope Ashleigh Barty 6-2, 6-1 in clinical fashion to reinforce her position as title favourite as she hunts for an 18th Grand Slam crown to match Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova. "I want to do well here, I would love to have a win, but there are so many good opponents," Williams said, playing down her chances.

Tennis: Azarenka shrugs off Serena favourite tag

Defending champion Victoria Azarenka Sunday insisted she doesn't care that Serena Williams is seen as favourite to win the Australian Open and indicated her motivation was high to beat the world number one. Williams has been in sparkling form, losing just five matches last year and beating Azarenka in the final of the warm-up Brisbane International tournament this month. It has seen her installed as firm favourite to dethrone Azarenka and claim a sixth Australian Open title, her first since 2010.
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