Hard-hitting Serena Williams fires a warning at the Australian Open

There was no stopping the American, with Williams firing down her equal fastest serve of 207 kilometres per hour (128 mph) -- also clocked in round two against Garbine Muguruza -- on her way to taking the set in 31 minutes.

updated: January 19, 2013 13:16 IST
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Melbourne: Five-time Australian Open champion Serena Williams blasted the fastest serve of her career against Japan's Ayumi Morita Saturday as she gained valuable court time in her bid for a sixth title.

The American third seed had raced through her opening two matches at Melbourne Park for the loss of just two games but was made to work harder by Morita -- and she said the longer rallies were just what she needed.

"I feel today was actually a really good match for me," said Williams, after beating the Japanese number one 6-1, 6-3.

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