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Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova into Australian Open fourth round

• Defending champion sees off Russian Daria Kasatkina 6-1, 6-1
• Sharapova drops set before beating Lauren Davis 6-1, 6-7 (5-7), 6-0

Serena Williams is into the fourth round at the Australian Open after a 6-1, 6-1 win in 45 minutes over the 18-year-old Russian Daria Kasatkina.

The defending and six-time champion won the first set of her Rod Laver Arena match in 22 minutes and was helped by four double-faults by Kasatkina. The American is spending her 153rd and 154th consecutive weeks at No1 during the two weeks of the Australian Open, the third-longest streak in WTA history after Steffi Graf’s 186 in a row and Martina Navratilova’s 156.

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