Madrid, Spain (SportsNetwork.com) - Reigning two-time champion Serena Williams was an easy second-round winner Wednesday at the $4.2 million Madrid Open, a French Open tune-up.
The world No. 1 superstar used her devastating serve to cruise past Chinese Peng Shuai 6-2, 6-3 on the red clay at the Magic Box.
Williams beat former No. 1 star Maria Sharapova in last year's Madrid and French Open finals. Her third-round opponent on Thursday will be surging Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro.
Meanwhile, fourth-seeded Romanian Simona Halep moved on with a 6-4, 6-4 decision against Spanish wild card Lara Arruabarrena and Italian Roberta Vinci drove out 13th-seeded former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-3. Wozniacki was a runner-up here back in 2009.
Also on Day 5, the hot 14th-seeded Suarez Navarro handled American Alison Riske 6-2, 6-4 and France's Caroline Garcia advanced via walkover when Russian Maria Kirilenko pulled out of the tournament. Suarez Navarro captured her first-ever WTA title last week in Portugal.