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Result: Serena Williams grinds out win over Kiki Bertens

Defending champion Serena Williams survives a scare against Kiki Bertens before booking her spot in the US Open third round.

Serena Williams has seen off the spirited challenge of Kiki Bertens to keep her dream of achieving the calender Grand Slam alive.

Serena Williams of the United States returns a shot to Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands during their Women's Singles Second Round match on Day Three of the 2015 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 2, 2015 in the Flushin© Getty Images

The world number one struggled throughout as her opponent threatened an upset before she eventually prevailed by a 7-6(5) 6-3 scoreline.

Over 100 places separate the two players in the world rankings, but it was Bertens who made the faster start to the contest, immediately breaking the American to cause a few murmurs on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Bertens held serve until 5-4 to give herself a chance to serve for the set, but Williams mounted a response, breaking to 15 to level the opener.

Bertens took the opening four points of the tie-break to leave Williams in trouble, but the 33-year-old reeled off seven of the next eight points to snatch the first set.

Williams broke serve at the start of the second to suggest that she could run away with the rest of the match, but her opponent had other ideas as she struck back almost immediately.

Bertens couldn't maintain her form, though, and Williams recorded two more breaks of serve to progress through to the last 32, where she will play Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

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Serena Williams of the US gestures during her match against Vitalia Diatchenko of Russia in the 2015 US Open Round 1 women's singles match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Center August 31, 2015
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