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Williams, Sharapova into third round

19 January 2012, 16:50

Serena Williams said before the start of the Australian Open that even with just two warm-up matches under her belt she was ready for Melbourne Park. More than ready it seems.

The American, with lattice-work strapping snaking up from her injured left ankle to behind her knee, brushed aside Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-0 6-4 in 66 minutes to reach the third round.

Five-times champion Williams was unable to defend her 2009 and 2010 titles last year due to injury and there were concerns she would not be ready for the year's first grand slam after pulling out of the Brisbane International quarterfinals with an injured ankle.

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