Serena Williams thunders into Australian Open quarters

2013-01-21 15:19:25 GMT2013-01-21 23:19:25(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

MELBOURNE, Jan. 21 (Xinhua) -- It only took Serena Williams 57 minutes to beat Russia's No. 14 seed Maria Kirilenko as the third-seeded American stormed into the quarterfinals of the Australian Open here on Monday with the 6-2, 6-0 victory.

Williams twisted her ankle in her first round clash against Romania's Edina Gallovits-Hall, but still breezed through the first three rounds at Melbourne Park dropping just six games.

The victory was Williams' 40th from her past 41 matches and she will meet 19-year-old fellow American Sloane Stephens in Wednesday's quarterfinals.

Stephens qualified for her maiden Grand Slam quarterfinals with a 6-1, 3-6, 7-5 win over Serbian Bojana Jovanovski earlier on Monday.

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