Australian Open: Serena Williams rallies from 3-0 down in the second set
Last Updated: 19/01/13 10:14am
Serena Williams: remains on course for a third successive grand slam triumph
Serena Williams made it through to the fourth round of the Australian Open with a 6-1 6-3 victory, though not before suffering a slight second-set wobble against Ayumi Morita.
The third seed, chasing a sixth title in Melbourne, simply proved too strong for her Japanese opponent in the opening set of their match, breaking in the fourth and sixth games.
However the American suddenly took her foot off the gas at the start of the second, allowing Morita to suddenly move 3-0 ahead and bring about the possibility of a deciding set.
Williams, though, had other ideas; she reeled off a run of six straight games on the spin to go through, extending her winning run to 19 matches and setting up a set up clash with Russian Maria Kirilenko.
"I feel good," she said after defeating the Japanese No.1. "I was really focused today, she played well and it was a good test."
The 31-year-old, bidding to win a third successive grand slam in a row, showed no lingering signs of the ankle injury she suffered in her opening round victory over Edina Gallovits-Hall.
Williams will face Maria Kirilenko in the next round after the 14th-seeded Russian defeated Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium 7-6 (7-4) 6-3.
No 10 seed Caroline Wozniacki recorded a 6-4 6-3 win over Lesia Tsurenko to book a fourth-round clash with Svetlana Kuznetsova.