The American produced one more all-powerful efficiency to see off the problem of Nina Stojanovic, 24, on Wednesday, successful in straight units 6-Three 6-Zero as Williams continues her hunt for a record-equaling 24th grand slam.
Williams’ first-round match lasted lower than an hour on Monday, however Stojanovic supplied extra resistance, particularly within the opening set the place the American was requested to dig deep.
However, Williams drew on her wealth of expertise to energy via and did not drop a sport after being 5-Three up within the first set.
“She pushed me very hard and I think she played really well, honestly, throughout the whole match. So I had to really fight for all the games,” mentioned the 39-year-old Williams.
“I wasn’t thinking so much in the second as I was in the first; I kind of just let go and see what happened.”
Venus refuses to surrender
Williams, who once more wore her placing one-legged leotard impressed by well-known US athlete Florence Griffith-Joyne, will face Russia’s Anastasia Potapova within the subsequent spherical, an opponent she comfortably dispatched in Melbourne final 12 months.
“Gonna go home, get ready and just do the best,” added Serena, who has dropped simply 5 video games on this 12 months’s match thus far.
“We’re all out here to have fun and I’m happy to be out here, and just to be playing in front of crowd again is really cool. So every day is just fun.”
Wednesday wasn’t such an excellent day for Serena’s sister Venus, who bowed out of the Australian Open in gritty style.
The 40-year-old wanted medical consideration after injuring her ankle within the opening set in opposition to Italy’s Sara Errani, however the veteran refused to throw within the towel.
Many might need retired, however the seven-time grand slam champion battled on regardless of clearly struggling to run, ultimately dropping the match 6-1 6-0.
‘We usually do not say the woman’s age’
Errani now faces Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei within the subsequent spherical, following her shock victory in opposition to Bianca Andreescu.
Hsieh is the world’s top-ranked doubles participant however has a historical past of inflicting upsets on the singles tour.
After defeating the 2019 US Open Champion, the 35-year-old supplied up some pleasant recommendation for the on-court interviewer who talked about her age.
“Just little reminder [for] you. In Asia we normally don’t say the girl’s age in the public,” she mentioned, smiling.
Elsewhere, Novak Djokovic navigated a tough second-round match in opposition to American Frances Tiafoe.
The Serb, bidding for a ninth title in Melbourne, dropped the second set however rallied to win 6-Three 6-7 (3-7) 7-6 (7-2) 6-Three in a draining encounter.
“While we had sun on the court, it was very, very warm. A lot of long rallies,” Djokovic mentioned. “I want to give a hand to Frances for a great fight. It was a fantastic match.”