Serena Williams has beaten Slovenian Tamara Zidansek 6-2, 6-3 in the Australian Open and advanced to the third round.
The 38-year-old American, who is looking 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. But the 70th-ranked Zidansek put up an impressive defence in the second set, saving seven break points. At this juncture, an overstressed Williams made more than a dozen unforced errors.
Zidansek, however, could not continue her resistance and Williams clinched the victory with a cross-court forehand winner to set up a meeting with China’s Wang Qiang.