Serena Williams Advances To Third Round Of 2012 Australian Open With 6-0, 6-4 Win

A quick first set gave the impression Serena Williams would make quick work of her second-round Australian Open matchup with Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, and she did in a way. But after easily securing a 6-0 win in the first set, Williams found herself in a battle, fighting off Strycova in a much more evenly-matched second set. In the end, however, Williams was able to pickup the straight-set victory, advancing to the third round with a 6-0, 6-4 win.

Williams struggled with her first serve throughout, missing nearly half her attempts and finishing the match at a 53-percent rate. She did, however, win 18-of-23 first-serve points, a 78-percent rate. Strycova had a first-serve percentage of 67, but only converted 48-percent of those to winners.

In a match short on break points, Williams converted 4-of-6, doing most of her damage in the first set. Strycova struggled to even get a break point chance, but did convert the only one she saw -- in the second set.

With the win, Williams advances to the third round, where she'll face either Dominika Cibulkova or Greta Arn.

For complete updates and coverage of the 2012 Australian Open, please stay tuned to SB Nation's tennis hub. For more on the fourth day of the tournament, visit this StoryStream.

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