Result: Serena Williams moves into round three

Serena Williams
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Pre-tournament favourite Serena Williams progresses beyond Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez at the US Open.

World number four Serena Williams has extended her stay at the US Open courtesy of a victory over Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez this evening.

Williams began brightly on the Arthur Ashe Court as she raced into a 4-1 lead within 10 minutes.

Spaniard Sanchez responded by holding her next service game, only for Williams to win the next two games to take the first set.

However, a double fault from Williams at the start of the second set handed Sanchez the advantage. She failed to take that opportunity though, double-faulting three times to allow Williams to level the set up at two games apiece.

The set then went with serve up until 5-4 in Williams's favour. That is when the American struck to book her place in round three with a 6-4 success.

She will now face Ekaterina Makarova for a place in round four.

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