Former champion Serena Williams crushed Eugenie Bouchard in straight sets on Thursday to enter into the third round of the Australian Open. The seven-time winner overcame the 78 seed Canadian with a 6-2, 6-2 win at Rod Laver Arena.
No 16 seed Williams needed one hour and 10 minutes to finish her another task, continuing her bid for a record 24th Grand Slam title in Melbourne. The 37-year-old American made a solid start with 1-0 lead as the 2014 Wimbledon finalist Bouchard committed a double fault at two break points.
Bouchard broke Williams at 3-1 by saving a couple of break points but her opponent snapped up to a 4-1 in the first set. Eventually, she went down against Williams’ serve as the 23 Grand Slams holder made a comfortable 6-2 in just over half an hour.
Glamour girl Bouchard was the first to make point and went on to make 2-1 in the second set. However, the veteran tennis ace Williams came back with a strong 3-2 lead thanks to a pair of unforced errors from the Canadian.
As expected, Williams steered the game to a 5-2 lead after the 24-year-old made a double faults at double break point down. Then she served for the match and finished it with a drive volley.
In the third round, Williams will face ranked 59th Ukraine's Dayana Yastremska, who defeated Carla Suárez Navarro 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 earlier in the day.