Serena Williams allays ankle fears with straight forward victory

American advances at the Australian Open

Serena Williams' suspect right ankle was hardly tested as she eased to a 6-2 6-0 win over Spanish teenager Garbine Muguruza in the second round of the Australian Open.

Williams went over on her ankle during her first-round whitewash of Romanian Edina Gallovits-Hall, but if there were any lingering effects of that scary moment, Muguruza could not exploit them.

The 19-year-old showed moments of promise in the first set but when Williams broke to open the second her resistance all but ended and the American could rest easy knowing her ankle had held up.

"It feels better," she said. "I was doing everything you can do from icing to massage. I woke up this morning and I was like, 'oh my god, it's pretty good'. I'll keep playing and see what happens."

As on Tuesday, the biggest danger to Williams' progression was injury - hitting herself in the face with her racket as she reached for a wide forehand in the sixth game.

"One day I twist my ankle, today I hit myself in the face - I don't know what's going to happen on Saturday," said the five-time Melbourne champion, who plays Ayumi Morita next. "I'm hoping maybe I'll just hit some winners.

"I thought if it's swollen, at least I'll get super-sexy lips, right?"

Williams followed top seed Victoria Azarenka on to Rod Laver Arena - the Belarusian taking just 55 minutes to see off Eleni Daniilidou 6-1 6-0.

Having struggled to put away her first-round opponent Monica Niculescu on Tuesday, Azarenka was in no mood to offer any freebies to Greek Daniilidou, who won their only previous meeting in 2008.

Azarenka has developed into one of the major forces in the women's game since then and the gulf in class was evident from the outset.

Daniilidou did not get on the board until the sixth game and the broad grin and raised finger suggested she was already accepting of her fate.

Azarenka won the first set in 24 minutes and although the second was marginally more competitive, despite the scoreline, there was only ever going to be one winner as the Belarusian advanced to a clash with American Jamie Hampton.

"Today was much better," said the world number one and defending champion.

"I am back in competitive mode, 100%, and was really focused. That was the best part of the game for me."

Kimiko Date-Krumm showed no sign of slowing down, the 42-year-old moving through with a 6-2 7-5 win over Shahar Peer.

Date-Krumm's win over Nadia Petrova on Tuesday made her the oldest woman to ever win a singles match in the tournament's history and she again impressed despite the brutally hot conditions.

Fourteenth seed Maria Kirilenko and number 20 Yanina Wickmayer set up a third-round clash with wins today.

Kirilenko ousted Peng Shuai 7-5 6-2 and Wickmayer won a tighter contest against Jana Cepelova 7-6 (8/6) 7-5.

PA

Life and Style
A monstrous idea? Body transplants might no longer be science fiction
Science An Italian neurosurgeon believes so - and it's not quite as implausible as it sounds, says Steve Connor
Sport
Demba Ba (right) celebrates after Besiktas win on penalties
footballThere was no happy return to the Ataturk Stadium, where the Reds famously won Champions League
Arts and Entertainment
Natural beauty: Aidan Turner stars in the new series of Poldark
arts + ents
News
Mia Freedman, editorial director of the Mamamia website, reads out a tweet she was sent.
arts + ents
News
people
Arts and Entertainment
The write stuff: masters of story-telling James Joyce, left, and Thomas Hardy
arts + ents...begging to differ, John Walsh can't even begin to number the ways
News
Image from a flyer at the CPAC event where Nigel Farage will be speaking
news
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?
How we must adjust our lifestyles to nature: Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch

Time to play God

Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch where we may need to redefine nature itself
MacGyver returns, but with a difference: Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman

MacGyver returns, but with a difference

Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman
Tunnel renaissance: Why cities are hiding roads down in the ground

Tunnel renaissance

Why cities are hiding roads underground
'Backstreet Boys - Show 'Em What You're Made Of': An affectionate look at five middle-aged men

Boys to men

The Backstreet Boys might be middle-aged, married and have dodgy knees, but a heartfelt documentary reveals they’re not going gently into pop’s good night
Crufts 2015: Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?

Crufts 2015

Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?
10 best projectors

How to make your home cinema more cinematic: 10 best projectors

Want to recreate the big-screen experience in your sitting room? IndyBest sizes up gadgets to form your film-watching
Manchester City 1 Barcelona 2 player ratings: Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man?

Manchester City vs Barcelona player ratings

Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man at the Etihad?
Arsenal vs Monaco: Monaco - the making of Gunners' manager Arsene Wenger

Monaco: the making of Wenger

Jack Pitt-Brooke speaks to former players and learns the Frenchman’s man-management has always been one of his best skills
Cricket World Cup 2015: Chris Gayle - the West Indies' enigma lives up to his reputation

Chris Gayle: The West Indies' enigma

Some said the game's eternal rebel was washed up. As ever, he proved he writes the scripts by producing a blistering World Cup innings
In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare and murky loyalties prevails

In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare

This war in the shadows has been going on since the fall of Mr Yanukovych
'Birdman' and 'Bullets Over Broadway': Homage or plagiarism?

Homage or plagiarism?

'Birdman' shares much DNA with Woody Allen's 'Bullets Over Broadway'
Broadchurch ends as damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

A damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

Broadchurch, Series 2 finale, review
A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower: inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

Inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower