Serena Williams in cruise mode at Australian Open tennis
Serena Williams suffered a brief lapse in concentration but had enough in her tank to blow away American compatriot Nicole Gibbs in an Australian Open tennis Round 3 matchtennis Updated: Jan 21, 2017 12:26 IST
Serena Williams gave compatriot Nicole Gibbs a lesson in grand slam tennis with a 6-1 6-3 towelling to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open on Saturday. (Follow: Rafael Nadal vs Alexander Zverev live)
Having passed her earlier tests against more accomplished players, Williams had far too many weapons for the 92nd-ranked Gibbs, who appeared overawed by the occasion on a sun-drenched Rod Laver Arena.
Williams suffered a brief lapse when serving for the match at 5-2 and was broken for the first time, but she promptly broke back to close out the one-sided contest in just over an hour.
Williams next faces Czech 16th seed Barbora Strycova for a place in the quarter-finals.