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Serena seals 14th straight Madrid win

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Serena Williams dispatched Shuai Peng in straight sets © Getty Images
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Serena Williams eased into the Madrid Open third round with a 6-2 6-3 victory over Shuai Peng on Wednesday.

Williams broke her Chinese opponent three times for a 14th straight victory on the clay of the Magic Box tennis centre, where the world No.1 is looking to defend her title.

Serena Williams eased into the Madrid Open third round with a 6-2 6-3 victory over Shuai Peng on Wednesday.

Williams broke her Chinese opponent three times for a 14th straight victory on the clay of the Magic Box tennis centre, where the world No.1 is looking to defend her title.

Williams looked fresh during the win and dismissed any injury fears despite a heavily wrapped left leg.

"I just had some issues and went preventive to make sure I didn't make anything worse," she said. "I'm literally taking it one day, one match at a time, and not putting any pressure on myself."

Fellow American Alison Riske did not fare so well, going down 6-2 6-4 to Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro. The 14th seed will face Williams in the next round.

Elsewhere, Caroline Wozniacki's poor run of form continued as the 13th seed crashed out 6-3 6-3 to doubles specialist Roberta Vinci. Fourth seed Simona Halep faced no such trouble, dispatching Lara Arruabarrena 6-4 6-4.

Later in the day, third seed Agnieszka Radwanska stuttered through, needing three sets to get past Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3 6-4 7-6(6), while French qualifier Caroline Garcia was handed a bye when Maria Kirilenko withdrew before a single ball was hit.

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