Serena Williams makes Australian Open third round with straight-set win

By Jonathan Jurejko

BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

Williams is bidding to put off her eighth Australian Open title
2020 Australian Open
Venue:Melbourne ParkDates:20 January to 2 February
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Serena Williams acknowledged she used to be frustrated by her delight in construct as she overcame Slovenian Tamara Zidansek with a patchy performance to achieve the third round.

The 38-year-historical American, bidding for a legend-equalling twenty fourth Significant Slam title, obtained 6-2 6-3 in 78 minutes.

Nonetheless, Williams squandered 0-40 leads in successive Zidansek second-topic provider video games earlier than pulling sure.

“I made so many errors in a row and needed to strive against thru my delight in inner considerations,” acknowledged Williams.

“I knew I needed to play better and couldn’t buy making unforced errors like that, in every other case it used to be going to be a protracted night for me.”

The eighth seed will subsequent face China’s twenty seventh seed Wang Qiang, who used to be thrashed by Williams at September’s US Open.

Wang froze as she lost in 44 minutes on her maiden Significant Slam quarter-final appearance and might well well also honest be hoping to position up a larger strive against in Melbourne on Friday.

Williams again appears to be like to be like in menacing construct, alternatively. Victory over 22-year-historical Zidansek used to be a seventh straight put off for Williams, who claimed the Auckland title earlier this month.

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Williams, a seven-time champion at Melbourne Park, started sharply with a rupture in the outlet sport and, after staving off an opportunity for 22-year-historical Zidansek in the fourth, pulled away to discover the first topic in 31 minutes.

Zidansek raised her stage to plot the second topic extra of a contest as errors started to high-tail into Williams’s sport.

The American needed to dig deep to strive against off four rupture points earlier than at final retaining for 3-3 – and that sucked the existence out of seventieth-ranked Zidansek.

Williams, whose roars after every level had been changing into extra and extra loud, nearly inevitably pinched her opponent’s attend to love in the following sport.

From that level it used to be relatively happy, Williams winning eight of the final 11 points to seal victory.

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