Serena continues to roll in Miami

Sun, 25 Mar 05:52:00 2012

Serena Williams easily moved into the fourth round of the WTA Miami event with a 6-2 6-1 victory over Italy's Roberta Vinci.

Serena Williams of the U.S. serves to Roberta Vinci of Italy at the Sony Ericsson Open tennis tournament in Key Biscayne, - 0

Williams was in control for the entire match and dominated the longer rallies allowing her to secure victory despite committing 20 unforced errors.

The 10th seed Williams is making her return to tournament tennis after a two-month absence because of a left ankle injury.

She will face sixth seed Australian Samantha Stosur, who was forced to recover from a set and 4-2 down to beat South Africa's Chanelle Scheepers 2-6 7-5 6-2.

Serena admitted she was glad of the quick contest as she bids for a sixth title in Miami: "I'm not a morning person. I actually hate morning matches, but I always do my best at 11 o'clock matches," she said.

"I need trophies I want to add more and to do more. There are records to break. So I'll do it. I've just got to believe it. I do believe it."

Second seed Maria Sharapova and fourth seed Caroline Wozniacki also wasted little time in reaching the last 16 with straight sets wins over Sloane Stephens and Petra Cetkovska respectively.

Sharapova beat home hope Stephens 6-4 6-2 to set up a clash with fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova, who downed Mona Barthel 6-2 6-4.

Wozniacki had a slightly tougher time before seeing off the challenge of 29th seed Cetkovska 6-3 7-5 to progress to a clash with 23rd seeded Belgian Yanina Wickmayer.

Wickmayer booked her place in the last 16 with a shock 6-4 7-6(5) win over compatriot Kim Clijsters. Clijsters fought hard and survived six match points before falling to Wickmayer.

"It was a special win for me today because she was one of my idols growing up," the 22-year-old Wickmayer said.

Also coming through on Saturday was eighth-seeded Li Na of China, who won the last four games of each set to beat another Czech, Iveta Benesova, 7-5 6-2.

Reuters

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