Serena Williams beats Daria Kasatkina at Australian Open 2016 in 44 minutes

by Steven Clarke January 22, 2016, 19:16

World No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska held off Canadian Eugenie Bouchard to enter the third round with a 6-4, 6-2 win.

The strategy, however, proved disastrous as the world number two won 31 out of Groth's 46 ventures to the net and broke his opponent's serve seven times in total.

Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova cruised into the Australian Open third round on Wednesday, sweeping past Aliaksandra Sasnovich with the loss of just three games.

Williams has had so much success for such a long time that even in a second-round match she can set a record at the season's first Grand Slam event.

Williams arrived in Melbourne with fitness doubts she tried to downplay, having failed to finish a match at the Hopman Cup in Perth, but there was no sign of guarding an injury here.

The crowd cheered when she managed to win her first game, but Williams hit back with a near-perfect service game in which Kasatkina didn't manage a single point.

After his second-round win, he was asked about an Italian newspaper report casting doubt over his performance in a match against Fabrice Santoro in Paris in 2007.

He put his hand on her back, and the ball girl handed Tsonga a ball she was holding. "I hope she's OK".

All players are required to attend press conferences after grand slam and tour-sanctioned matches, with the maximum penalty for not doing so set at $20,000. My first match I thought I gave a great effort.

"I think it's important". We want to see it grow, ' she said.

"The way the schedule has worked out I've been playing early on in the day and leaving late afternoon, so I've had about enough time to get to the supermarket to buy breakfast for the next day and that's about it".

"Konta has done so well since I last played her and has raced up the rankings, so now she is above me". "That's impressive", she said. I will look forward to seeing her do really well in the future.

The world number 47 finally dropped serve, to love, while serving for the match at 5-1 before wrapping up victory after one hour and 22 minutes.

"She has a great forehand up the line".

Aggressive from the baseline, a good server and an excellent mover, Konta is also a battler and will be favoured to win again tomorrow when she plays the Czech Denisa Allertova.

The Eastbourne-based star reached the fourth round of her last Grand Slam at the US Open but had never played in the main draw here before.

After her surprising run to the third round at the U.S Open a year ago as a lucky-loser, she has been catching the attention of many people ever since.

"Everyone that knows me knows I have lived here for such a long period now and it was just a natural process for me to become British".

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