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Serena routs Safarova to reach third round at Melbourne

Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia - 19/1/17 Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts during her Women's singles second round match against Czech Republic's Lucie Safarova. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia - 19/1/17 Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts during her Women's singles second round match against Czech Republic's Lucie Safarova. REUTERS/Jason Reed

By Ian Ransom

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Serena Williams charged into the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday with an emphatic 6-3 6-4 win over Czech Lucie Safarova.

The second seeded American, bidding for a seventh title at Melbourne Park, served up a storm, clubbing 15 aces and 35 winners in the 86-minute contest under the lights at Rod Laver Arena.

Williams blew two match points in an uncharacteristic lapse but closed it out on the third with a searing forehand down the line that Safarova did well to get a racket to.

Williams next faces compatriot Nicole Gibbs for a place in the fourth round.

(Editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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