Ruthless Serena Williams dispatches Aussie teen

11:39, Jan 13 2014
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VENUS WILLIAMS: bowed out early in the first round.
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EKATERINA MAKAROVA: celebrates her surprise win over Venus Williams.
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DAVID FERRER: won through to the second round.
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NOVAK DJOKOVIC: got a first round win over Lukas Lacko.
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SERENA WILLIAMS: overpowered Ashleigh Barty in the first round.
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CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: celebrates winning her first round match against Lourdes Dominguez Lino.
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MILOS RAONIC: serves on an outside court with the Melbourne city skyline in the background.
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ANDY MURRAY: had a comprehensive win in his first round match against Japan Go Soeda.
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MARINA ERAKOVIC: hits a forehand during her first round match with Sorana Cirstea.
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SERENA WILLIAMS: untroubled in the second round match.
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NOVAK DJOKOVIC: hits a forehand during his second round match with Leonardo Mayer.
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RAFAEL NADAL: fires down a serve to Thanasi Kokkinakis.
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Maria Sharapova hits a backhand during her third round match against Alize Cornet.
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Roger Federer has won through to the last 16 of the Australian Open in straight sets.
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Li Na in quarterfinal action against Flavia Pennetta.
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Agnieszka Radwanska is through to the Australian Open semifinals.
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Agnieszka Radwanska, left, shakes hands with Victoria Azarenka after their quarterfinal.
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Grigor Dimitrov, left, and Rafael Nadal speak at the net after their epic last-eight clash.
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Roger Federer reacts after match point against Andy Murray.
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Li Na celebrates her semifinal win over Eugenie Bouchard.
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Roger Federer heads to the Australian Open exit.
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Dominika Cibulkova pumps her fist after winning a point in the Australian Open final.
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Rafa Nadal receives treatment on his injured back during the men's singles final.
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Stanislas Wawrinka reaches for a forehand during the men's singles final.
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Stanislas Wawrinka kisses the Australian Open trophy after his first grand slam victory.
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Stanislas Wawrinka sits with the Australian Open trophy at the post-final press conference.

 

Ruthless world No 1 Serena Williams took less than an hour to end 17-year-old Australian Ashleigh Barty's Australian Open on Monday night.

Williams, the hot favourite to claim the Melbourne Park major for a sixth time, delivered a thundering message that she fully deserves that favouritism with her 6-2 6-1 dismissal of Barty.

Serena Williams
Serena Williams eased past Ashleigh Barty in the first round of the Australian Open.

Barty, the world No 155, is just starting her first full year on the WTA Tour but has shown enough in her brief career to indicate she has a bright future.

Her most recent match had delivered an impressive win over Slovakian star Daniela Hantuchova, in the Brisbane International late last month.

She had not played since because of a left adductor injury and entered Rod Laver Arena on Monday night with her left thigh strapped.

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Despite coming off that injury, Barty had expressed excitement pre-match at the opportunity to take on the world's dominant female player.

But Williams, chasing an 18th grand slam title, didn't take long to assert control, with the enormous power of her serves and groundstrokes having Barty almost constantly on the defensive.

Cheered on by an appreciative crowd, Barty fought gamely to stave off a break point and win the opening game of the match.

But Williams won eight of the next nine points to quickly take the next two games.

While Barty managed another hold of serve to reach 2-3, the American raised her level even higher to win the last three games of the first set and first four of the second.

Barty sheepishly raised her arms and smiled in mock delight, after she won the fifth game of the second set to break a run of seven straight games for the rampaging American.

It was a brief respite for the Australian, who ended last year as the second-youngest player in the world top 200 and made three grand slam doubles finals with partner Casey Dellacqua.

Barty staved off one match point, but couldn't stop Williams the second time as the American clinched the match in 57 minutes to set up a second round meeting with Serbian Vesna Dolonc.

AAP