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Five-time US Open champion Serena Williams swept into the third round on Thursday with a 6-1, 6-0 thrashing of fellow American Vania King. Unperturbed by the wind swirling in Arthur Ashe Stadium, Williams took another step toward a third straight title in Flushing Meadows. Williams needed just 56 minutes to dismantle the 25-year-old, 81st-ranked King, but insisted it wasn’t easy. Although Williams has won five WTA titles this year, 2014 has been a substandard season in terms of Grand Slam results. She has not only failed to add to her 17 Grand Slam titles, she has failed to get past the fourth round at any of the year’s three prior majors.



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