Australian Open: Serena powers into last 16 in Melbourne

Serena Williams has had a tricky start to the year's first major, although a third-round clash with fellow American and world number 92 Nicole Gibbs proved anything but.

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Serena Williams was in no mood to hang around on Rod Laver Arena, easing to a 6-1 6-3 win in just 63 minutes.

Serena Williams booked her spot in yet another Australian Open fourth round with a thrashing of Nicole Gibbs on Saturday.

World No. 2 Williams was in no mood to hang around on Rod Laver Arena, easing to a 6-1 6-3 win in just 63 minutes.

Chasing a 23rd Grand Slam title, Williams has now reached at least the last 16 at Melbourne Park in her past 10 appearances.

Williams has had a tricky start to the year's first Major, although a third-round clash with fellow American and World No. 92 Gibbs proved anything but.

Gibbs won just three games in her only previous meeting against Williams in 2012, and a similar result always looked like following.

Despite her aggression, Gibbs – the 23-year-old in the third round of a Major for just the second time – was no match for the power of Williams, who dictated from the baseline.

Williams controlled most points, while Gibbs' best moments came in the longer exchanges.

A six-time champion in Melbourne, Williams was in cruise control for the most part as she set up a clash against Barbora Strycova.

 

Williams – 17/26
Gibbs – 9/21

ACES
Williams – 4
Gibbs – 2

BREAK POINTS WON
Williams – 5/8
Gibbs – 1/2

FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE
Williams – 50
Gibbs – 50

PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE
Williams – 83/57
Gibbs – 52/41

TOTAL POINTS
Williams – 61
Gibbs – 39

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS