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Serena storms into Aussie Open’s third round

Williams’ next opponent will be 18-year-old Russian Daria Kasatkina, who beat Croatia’s Ana Konjuh 6-4, 6-3

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Serena Williams has had so much success for such a long time that even in a second-round match she can set a record at the season’s first Grand Slam event.

The six-time and defending champion beat No. 90-ranked Hsieh Su-wei 6-1, 6-2 on Wednesday at Rod Laver Arena, an all-time record 79th main draw match at the Australian Open.

She closed with an ace, her seventh, finishing in precisely an hour.

“It all started here - this is where I played my first Grand Slam right on this court and I’m still going, it’s such an honor,” said Williams, who has a 70-9 win-loss record at Melbourne Park since her debut in 1998. “I love it every time I come here.”

She hit 26 winners, including one around the post that she thought may have been a first for her, at age 34.

“My first one I think,” she said. “I was like, “Yay. Never too late.”

Williams’ next opponent will be 18-year-old Russian Daria Kasatkina, who beat Croatia’s Ana Konjuh 6-4, 6-3, and she faces a potential quarterfinal match against Maria Sharapova, which would be a rematch of the 2015 final.