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Hsieh and Kalashnikova move forward

BUSY DAY:Because of rain delays, Chan Hao-ching is to play two matches today, one with elder sister Chan Yung-jan and one with Max Mirnyi in the mixed doubles

By Dave Carroll  /  Staff reporter, with AFP, MELBOURNE, Australia

Williams wasted little time in laying down the law, winning a break for a 2-0 lead with the Russian barely getting her racquet on the ball as she was pushed around the court.

Kasatkina managed to get on the scoreboard in holding serve for 1-3, but she had no answers to Williams’ serve as she rattled through the set in just 22 minutes.

After her second-round win, Williams said she was pleased by her consistency and lack of errors, and it was a similar story on Friday.

She made few mistakes in a dominant display and broke in the first game of the second set with outgunned Kasatkina struggling against the Williams weaponry.

Kasatkina didn’t give up and won a service game to be 1-2, but that was as good as it got as Williams cantered to the finish line.

In other results, Daria Gavrilova beat Kristina Mladenovic 6-4, 4-6, 11-9; Margarita Gasparyan defeated Yulia Putintseva 6-3, 6-4; Agnieszka Radwanska eliminated Monica Puig 6-4, 6-0; and Anna-Lena Friedsam beat Roberta Vinci 0-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Also, Maria Sharapova defeated Lauren Davis 6-1, 6-7 (5/7), 6-0 and Belinda Bencic beat Kateryna Bondarenko 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.

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