Serena knocks down Pin to hit 3rd round

first_imgBut the seven-time Grand Slam singles champ recovered and overpowered Pin, winning six straight games to take the first set in 25 minutes. Williams dropped her serve again in the second set, but broke Pin four times and finished with 30 winners against only six for the French player. MELBOURNE, Australia – Defending champion Serena Williams won her 16th consecutive match at the Australian Open today, taking less than an hour to beat Camille Pin 6-3, 6-1 and advance to the third round. Two days after scraping past China’s Li Na in the first round, Williams lost her opening service game to Pin, who is ranked 130th. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card“It’s never as easy as it looks,” Williams said. “I’m just happy to be getting through the rounds.” The narrow win over 52nd-ranked Li and the surprising first-round loss by older sister Venus was motivation for Williams on Vodafone Arena. “I definitely had some things I wanted to work on today, so it was cool,” she said. Williams won the Australian Open in 2003 and 2005, missing the 2004 event because of injuries. “The last two times I played here, I did really well,” she said. “I’m just hoping to keep it up.” center_img Top-ranked Lindsay Davenport got a tough workout from Karolina Sprem before advancing with a 7-6 (4), 6-3 victory. French Open champion and eighth-seed Justine Henin-Hardenne moved on with a 7-6 (2), 6-1 win over Hana Sromova, who badly turned her right ankle after the second game of the second set and lost the next five games. Davenport traded breaks with Sprem in the third and fourth games, then forced a tiebreaker by winning the 12th game at love. Trailing 3-1, Davenport rallied after Sprem double-faulted, winning six of the last seven points and claiming the first set with consecutive forehand winners. “After being down in the tiebreaker, to come back and construct a few really good points, it was very key to get out of that,” Davenport said. On the men’s side, No. 7 Ivan Ljubicic, No. 8 Guillermo Coria, No. 11 David Ferrer and No. 18 Mario Ancic advanced. No. 13 Robby Ginepri failed to reproduce his successful marathon efforts of the U.S. Open, falling in five sets to German qualifier Denis Gremelmayr after leading by two sets and 3-0. Gremelmayr won six of the last seven games in the third set en route to a comeback 2-6, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 victory. Men’s winners Tuesday included top-ranked Roger Federer and No. 3 Lleyton Hewitt, the home favorite who had to rally to beat the Czech Republic’s Robin Vik in five sets. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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