Result: Serena Williams on song to defeat Sloane Stephens

Serena Williams remains on course for her fifth US Open title with a straight-sets victory over Sloane Stephens.

Serena Williams has avenged her Australian Open defeat to Sloane Stephens with a dominating 6-4 6-1 victory at Flushing Meadows.

Serena Williams in action against Sloane Stephens during their US Open third round match on September 1, 2013© Getty Images

The 20-year-old caused an upset in Melbourne when she came from a set down to beat the world number one 3-6 7-5 6-4, but there was to be no repeat in New York as Williams advanced to the quarter-finals of the US Open.

All the talk before the match was of a possible rift between the two Americans, and it was the more experienced of the pair who rose to the occasion.

Williams made the breakthrough to go 4-3 ahead, but she suffered a double fault when facing a break point in the next game and gifted it right back to Stephens.

The five-time champion, who is also looking for back-to-back titles in New York, did not let that deter her, as she broke decisively to take the first set 6-4.

The 31-year-old stepped through the gears in the second set, blowing her opponent away 6-1 to set up a meeting with Carla Suarez-Navarro in the last eight.

Serena Williams celebrates a point against Mona Barthel of Germany during the Western & Southern Open on August 15, 2013
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