Williams extends relentless form

Published: Wednesday | January 2, 2013 Comments 0

BRISBANE, Australia (AP):

Serena Williams has carried her relentless winning form into 2013, reaching the Brisbane International quarter-finals with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Alize Cornet on New Year's Day.

After the unexpected exits of No. 2 Maria Sharapova, who pulled out with an injured right collarbone, and 2011 champion Petra Kvitova yesterday afternoon, third-ranked Williams needed only an hour to beat the No. 44-ranked Cornet - unleashing one of her fastest ever serves for good measure - in the night match.

The 15-time major winner has lost only one of her last 34 competitive singles matches in a run that includes titles at Wimbledon, the London Olympics and the US Open.

She was hitting winners so fiercely that Cornet didn't bother chasing most of them, and she fired a serve at 200 kph (124 mph) in the fourth game of the second set.

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