Updated: Friday, 29 August 2014 02:43 | By Agence France-Presse

Serena surges into US Open third round

World number one Serena Williams swept into the third round of the US Open on Thursday with a 6-1, 6-0 thrashing of fellow American Vania King.

Serena surges into US Open third round

Serena Williams serves to Vania King during their 2014 US Open women's singles match on August 28, 2014 in New York - by Kena Betancur

Williams, going for a US Open three-peat after winning her fourth and fifth Flushing Meadows titles the past two years, needed just 56 minutes to dismantle the 25-year-old King on a windy Arthur Ashe Stadium court.

Williams will play fellow American Varvara Lepchenko for a place in the last 16.

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