Serena Williams used exactly one hour to storm into the Australian Open women’s singles third round on Wednesday. The world number one slayed Taiwan’s Su-Wei Hsieh 6-1, 6-2 at the Rod Laver Arena. The top seed hit seven aces and 26 winners in this second round fixture.
Joining the American in the next round is former champion Maria Sharapova. The Russian made light work of Aliaksandra Sasnovich on Rod Laver winning 6-2, 6-1 in 71 minutes. Sharapova hit 22 winners compared to the six of the Belarussian.
Agnieszka Radwanska also progressed without much fuss. The Pole polished off Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard 6-4, 6-2 in 83 minutes. Bouchard’s biggest transgression at the Rod Laver Arena was undoubtedly her 37 unforced errors.
However two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova is heading home early. Former Russian, now Australian, Daria Gavrilova knocked Kvitova out 6-4, 6-4 at the Margaret Court Arena in 89 minutes. The Czech won just 51% of her first serve points and committed 35 unforced errors along the way.