Originally written on Tennis Grand Stand  |  Last updated 11/13/14
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Through four rounds, nobody has tested Serena Williams. For the second straight year, Serena faced a Russian in the fourth round of the Australian Open.  Stunned by Makarova here a year ago, she spared no effort in scripting a different narrative on Monday night, when she extended her perfect record against Maria Kirilenko with a convincing 6-2 6-0  win.  While this counterpuncher had taken her to three sets in two previous matches, Serena offered her no opportunity to assert herself in a match that her far superior power controlled from the beginning. As gusts swirled fitfully around Rod Laver Arena, Serena delivered an early statement of supremacy by pounding four aces in her first two service games.  Not allowed a sniff on her opponent’s serve, Kirilenko escaped her opening service game after the American missed two returns from deuce.  The slender Russian received no such good fortune on the second, however, for Serena measured her groundstrokes smoothly and forced errors caused...
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