Serena Williams is through to the fourth round of The Australian Open, making history along the way as she walked out a 6-3 6-3 winner over Daniela Hantuchova.
The number one ranked women's singles player has now won 61 singles matches at the tournament in Melbourne, a record for this particular Grand Slam event.
She equaled Margaret Court's Australian Open benchmark of 60 wins with her second-round victory over Vesna Dolonc, and then moved clear at the top with her third round win on Rod Laver Arena. She has also matched Lindsay Davenport's record of 69 main-draw matches in the Open era.
The five-time champion has only been beaten by opponent Hantuchova once in her career, at the same tournament back in 2006. However, the 31st seed wasn't much of a match for Williams this time around as she cruised to a straight sets win in just an hour and twenty minutes.
Williams will now play Ana Ivanovic in the next round, after she beat hometown favourite Sam Stosur 6-7 (8-10) 6-4 6-2.
Second seed Li Na is also through to round four after her win over 26th seed Lucie Safarova 1-6, 7-6, 6-3 in two hours, 37 minutes.
There were also recorded wins for 9th seed Angelique Kerber 6-3, 6-4 over American Alison Riske, and 28th seed Flavia Pennetta who advanced with a 6-1, 7-5 win over Mona Barthel of Germany.
22nd seed Ekaterina Makarova is through after a 6-4, 6-4 win over Monica Niculescu, 30th seed Eugenie Bouchard beat American Lauren Davis 6-2, 6-2 and Casey Dellacqua beat 2010 semi-finalist Zheng Jie 6-2, 6-4.
Serena and sister Venus withdrew from the doubles tournament not long after the match, citing the reason an injury to Venus' left leg as the reason for their withdrawal.
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