Australian Open 2021 - Serena Williams cruises into third round after seeing off Nina Stojanovic
Serena Williams comfortably moves into the Australian Open third round. The 2021 Australian Open is live on Eurosport. Watch every match live and ad-free on the Eurosport app and eurosport.co.uk. You can download the Eurosport app for iOS and Android now. The opening Grand Slam of the season in Melbourne runs from February 8 until February 21.
Serena Williams of the United States of America celebrates after winning her Women's Singles second round match against against Nina Stojanovic of Serbia during day three of the 2021 Australian Open at Melbourne Park
But it took 44 minutes for Serena to break down the unseeded Serb in a tough opening set, doing so with a fierce forehand volley before going a break up in the opening game of the second when Stojanovic fired into the trams.
Serena never looked back after that as the 23-Grand Slam winner bagelled her opponent, finishing with an ace to progress to the next round where she will face promising 19-year-old Russian Anastasia Potapova.
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SERENA: I'M HAVING FUN
"She pushed me very hard and she played really well so I had to really fight for all the games," she said post-match.
"It's always good to see young players like her come out and so well because it's exciting for women's tennis. I wasn't thinking so much in the second as I was in the first. I kind of just let go and saw what happened.
Highlights: Serena storms past Stojanovic to reach third round
"I did catch the end of the Super Bowl! It was amazing. It was pretty cool to watch Tom Brady win it was pretty cool.
"I have to go home and get ready and to the best [for the next round]. I am happy to be out here and have fun and to be playing in front of a crowd again is really cool. Every day is just fun."
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