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Tennis: Top seed Serena through with record 61st Australian Open win

Published on Jan 17, 2014 10:59 AM

MELBOURNE (AFP) - World number one Serena Williams scorched past experienced Slovak Daniela Hantuchova in straight sets to reach the fourth round and set a new record of 61 Australian Open wins on Friday.

The American top seed used her powerful serve to good effect as she raced through the match on another hot Melbourne day 6-3, 6-3 in 80 minutes.

Williams, bidding for a sixth Australian Open crown, now faces either former world number one Ana Ivanovic or 2011 US Open champion Samantha Stosur for a place in the quarter-final.

"It was a tough match. Daniela is a great opponent so I'm really happy to come out with the win," said Williams.

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