January 22, 2015 / 2:51 AM / 3 years ago

Tennis-Serena sails into third round of Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Serena Williams weathered an early challenge from Russian Vera Zvonareva before the former world number two crumbled to lose 7-5 6-0 in the second round of the Australian Open on Thursday.

On a hot day at Melbourne Park, Zvonareva broke Williams twice in the first set, but a forehand winner that would have given her a set point missed the line by a whisker and her American opponent broke back.

From there it was all one-way traffic as the top seed dominated and Zvonareva surrendered after an hour and 25 minutes by meekly pushing a forehand into the tram-lines.

Williams will next play the winner of American Nicole Gibbs and Ukraine's Elina Svitolina. (Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Patrick Johnston)

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