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Serena Williams in crush mode as she advances to Last 16 of US Open

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World No.1 Serena Williams of the United States defeated Johanna Larsson of Sweden 6-2, 6-1 in the US Open third round at Flushing Meadows, New York on Saturday, thus moving one step closer to winning the women's singles title for the seventh time.

"It was a really good match for me because she played a different kind of match. It was really good for me to have a different type of rhythm and move the ball around," Xinhua news agency quoted Williams as saying of playing against Larsson.

 

Williams is now 3-0 all-time against Larsson and has yet to drop a set at this year's final Grand Slam. She also won her 307th match in a Grand Slam event to pass Martina Navratilova for the most ever in the Open era.

"That's pretty awesome. What better place to do it than here where it first started," Williams said of breaking Navratilova's record.

Up next for Serena is Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova, who advanced to the US Open tennis fourth round with a 6-2, 7-5 victory over China's Zhang Shuai.

Shvedova dominated the first set on Court 5, striking nine winners to Zhang's four, breaking the Chinese player's serve twice and not facing a single break point.

In the second set, the Kazakh No.52 made life more difficult for herself by putting just 46 percent of her first serves in play, thereby allowing Zhang to win many more points on return and convert two of her five break-point opportunities.

Even so, Shvedova continued to heap pressure on her opponent's serve and that allowed her to break Zhang's serve three more times, including the decisive break in the 11th game.

Shvedova then served out the match a game later when Zhang dumped a forehand in the net.

The Kazakh struck 24 winners overall to Zhang's 11, although she also committed 31 unforced errors, six more than her opponent.

Shvedova also showcased the net game that makes her the world's fifth-ranked doubles player, winning 22 of her 25 net approaches. Zhang, by contrast, only came forward five times, winning three of those points.

The difficulty level, however, will rise considerably for Shvedova in the next round when she takes on the 34-year-old Williams, a 22-time Grand Slam champion who won Wimbledon earlier this summer and has not dropped more than three games in any set thus far this year in New York.