Australian Open: Serena sails into pre-quarterfinals

Stroll in the park
The 37-year-old Serena Williams, chasing a record-extending eighth Melbourne title in the professional era, barely broke sweat on a sunny afternoon at Rod Laver Arena. Reuters
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Melbourne: Serena Williams powered into the fourth round of the Australian Open on Saturday with a 6-2, 6-1 demolition of Ukrainian teenager Dayana Yastremska to continue her charge through the Melbourne Park draw.

The 37-year-old Serena, chasing a record-extending eighth Melbourne title in the professional era, barely broke sweat on a sunny afternoon at Rod Laver Arena as she sent 20 winners flying past the 57th-ranked 18-year-old.

Yastremska rolled her right ankle midway through and took a medical time-out to have her foot bandaged when trailing 4-1 in the second set.

It stalled defeat only briefly, however, as Serena broke her a third time in the set and claimed the match when the Ukrainian sprayed a cross-court forehand wide.

Serena will play the winner of the match between her older sister Venus and top seed Simona Halep for a place in the quarterfinals.

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