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Thursday, January 23, 2020, 12:44
Serena into 3rd round in Melbourne after win over Slovenian
By Reuters
Thursday, January 23, 2020, 12:44 By Reuters

Serena Williams of the US reacts during her second round singles match against Slovenia's Tamara Zidansek at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Jan 22, 2020. (DITA ALANGKARA / AP)

MELBOURNE - Serena Williams overcame an erratic performance at the Australian Open on Wednesday to beat Slovenian Tamara Zidansek 6-2 6-3 and advance to the third round.

Serena Williams clinched the victory with a cross-court forehand winner to set up a meeting with China’s Wang Qiang

The 38-year-old American, who is bidding for a record 24th Grand Slam singles title, was hardly troubled in the first set as she broke Zidansek twice to wrap up the opener in just over half an hour.

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But the 70th-ranked Zidansek put up an impressive defense in the second set, saving seven break points as an increasingly frustrated Williams racked up more than a dozen unforced errors.

Zidansek, however, could not keep up the resistance and Williams clinched the victory with a cross-court forehand winner to set up a meeting with China’s Wang Qiang.

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