Serene progress for Serena

  • Last Updated: January 17 2013, 6:08 GMT

Serena Williams' suspect right ankle was hardly tested as she eased to a 6-2 6-0 win over Spanish teenager Garbine Muguruza in the second round of the Australian Open.

Serena Williams: Ankle feeling better
Serena Williams: Ankle feeling better

Williams went over on her ankle during her first-round whitewash of Romanian Edina Gallovits-Hall, but if there were any lingering effects of that scary moment, 19-year-old Muguruza could not exploit them.

She was at least able to get on the board in a first set in which she demonstrated her considerable potential with some big hits, but when Williams broke to open the second her resistance all but ended and the American could rest easy knowing her ankle had held up.

"It feels better," she said. "I was doing everything you can do from icing to massage. I woke up this morning and I was like, 'oh my god, it's pretty good'. I'll keep playing and see what happens."

Williams opened up with a break and a hold and looked like she might have a chance of emulating Maria Sharapova in producing back-to-back 6-0 6-0 wins until Muguruza got on the board in game three.

Williams felt the force of her own power as she somehow contrived to hit herself in the face with her racket in game six, but it did not stop her from holding.

Muguruza, ranked 112 in the world, had plenty of big shots of her own - none more striking than a flat backhand down the line for a clean winner in game seven.

That shot put her 40-15 ahead but it was to no avail as Williams took the game to deuce, then claimed a second break with a booming forehand winner.

Williams duly closed the set out, and then came out on top of a marathon Muguruza service game at the start of the second.

It had the feel of a key moment, and so it proved as Williams raced through her next service game before breaking to love for a 3-0 advantage.

And despite recovering from 0-40 down to take her next service game to deuce, Muguruza succumbed once again as Williams overwhelmed her inexperience opponent.

Muguruza signed off with an eye-catching backhand return winner in game six, but Williams responded with an ace to serve out the match.

Williams, who goes on to face Japan's Ayumi Morita, was left to reflect on another match in which she did herself more damage than her opponent could manage.

"One day I twist my ankle, today I hit myself in the face - I don't know what's going to happen on Saturday," she said. "I'm hoping maybe I'll just hit some winners.

"I thought if it's swollen, at least I'll get super-sexy lips, right?"

On Muguruza, she added: "I told her she did a great job, I thought she played really well. Being only 19, I'm sure she has a great future."


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