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Williams faces a tough test in the next round

While she has not dropped a set yet, Serena Williams will have her hands full with fifth-seeded Nadia Petrova.

Updated: January 18, 2007, 5:51 PM ET

PETROVA - WILLIAMS PREVIEW

By Matt Wilansky, ESPN.com Having cruised through the first two rounds, Serena Williams will encounter her first real test when she takes on Russian Nadia Petrova in the third round. Williams had little trouble with Mara Santangelo in her opening match and followed that up with a straight-sets win over qualifier Anne Kremer 7-6, 6-2.

Williams, a two-time champion Down Under, has put herself in a difficult position. Having played in only 16 matches last ...

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