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.