Result: Serena Williams battles past Caroline Garcia

Serena Williams in action against Jelena Jankovic during their WTA Championships match on October 26, 2013
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Serena Williams gets the better of Caroline Garcia 6-4 4-6 6-4 in the third round of the Miami Masters.

Serena Williams has booked her place in the fourth round of the Miami Masters with a 6-4 4-6 6-4 victory over Caroline Garcia.

The world number one was given a tough challenge right from the start, but that did not deter her from winning the opening set in 38 minutes.

Garcia staged a comeback in the second, as the two players were on serve through the first nine games.

The 20-year-old Frenchwoman eventually went 5-4 up and then won four straight points to wrap it up in 52 minutes.

Rain suspended play in the third set, and when the match resumed, it proved to be just as competitive as it was before.

Williams made some unforced errors after the restart, but eventually won the third set 6-4.

The 32-year-old American will take on Samantha Stosur or CoCo Vandeweghe in the fourth round.

Serena Williams of the US celebrates after victory in her women's singles match against Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova on day five of the 2014 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 17, 2014
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