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January 19, 2005

Australian Open - Day 3

Sania Mirza celebrates her 6-2, 6-1 victory over Petra Mandula of Hungary in the second round.

She created history, becoming the first Indian (since Leander Paes made it to the round of 32 at the US Open in 1998) to enter the third round of a Grand Slam tennis event and set up a dream clash with former World No. 1 Serena Williams.

"I'm really looking forward to find out how hard she hits the ball," she said on the face-off against the title favourite.

The win also gave Sania 66 WTA points and will move her inside the top 130 in the world.

"I'm very surprised and really excited," said Sania, who swept the last 10 games as she blew away the 27-year-old Mandula, who had once rose to World No. 30, in just 50 minutes.

"It was a no-pressure match for me. I was confident but I didn't think it was going to be that easy."

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