Tennis: Serena Williams trounces Taiwan's Hsieh, Venus fined for conference no-show

Serena Williams in action against Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan during their second round match on day three of the Australian Open.
Serena Williams in action against Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan during their second round match on day three of the Australian Open.PHOTO: EPA

MELBOURNE (REUTERS) - Top seed Serena Williams made light work of unseeded Taiwanese Hsieh Su-wei to charge into the Australian Open third round with a 6-1, 6-2 victory.

The world No. 1, bidding for a 22nd Grand Slam title to match the great Steffi Graf, cruised through the one-hour romp in glorious sunshine at Rod Laver Arena without dropping serve.

The 90th-ranked Hsieh, a two-time Grand Slam doubles champion, prised three break-points but the American saved them all and closed out the match with a huge ace.

"It all started here, this is where I played my first Grand Slam and it's still going," said Williams, who will play either Daria Kasatkina or Ana Konjuh in the next round.

Meanwhile, her sister, seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus, received a US$5,000 (S$7,191) fine from the International Tennis Federation for failing to fulfil her post-match media commitments on Tuesday.

Venus was dumped out of the first round by Briton Johanna Konta.