S. Williams reaches third round

Thursday, January 22, 2009

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Serena Williams ignored pain and frustration to reach the third round of the Australian Open with a straight sets win over Gisela Dulko on Thursday.

It was far from routine.

The second-seeded Williams, hoping to extend a sequence of winning the Australian title every alternate year since 2003, had to fend off six set points in the ninth game of the second set to prevent the match going to a third. That game went to a dozen deuces before Williams broke to get back on serve.

She got treatment on her left ankle in the changeover and held and then broke Dulko againto get her chance to serve it out.

Olympic champion Elena Dementieva improved her 2009 winning streak to 12 matches with 6-4, 6-1 win over Iveta Benesova.

Amelie Mauresmo, who won here in 2006, rallied for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over Britain's Elena Baltacha.

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