KEY BISCAYNE (CBSMiami/AP) — In just 41 minutes, seven-time champ Serena Williams dismantled 15-year-old American CiCi Bellis 6-1, 6-1 on Sunday in the third round of the Miami Open.READ MORE: Attorney: School Gunman Nikolas Cruz To Plead Guilty To Massacre; Parkland Families React
Bellis made headlines by winning a match at last year’s U.S. Open, but she couldn’t stay with the world’s No. 1 player. Williams won 51 of the 65 points and lost only two points in seven service games.
“It wasn’t like, ‘Oh, I’m so happy to win this match,'” Williams said. “It was tough. She’s young and her being an American, you want to see people like her do well.”READ MORE: Nikolas Cruz Pleads Guilty In BSO Jail Guard Attack
Williams’ opponent in the round of 16 will be 2006 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, seeded No. 24. She beat No. 13 Angelique Kerber 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.
Williams withdrew before the semifinals at Indian Wells last week, citing an ailing right knee, but hardly had to run against Bellis. Williams hit 13 winners to only one by the teenager, who is the world’s top-ranked junior and still an amateur.
“I was pretty nervous,” Bellis said. “I mean, she’s No. 1 in the world and like the best of all time for a reason. I think it was just a really good experience for me for the future and I’m glad I got to do it, but she’s a lot better than me for right now.”MORE NEWS: Parkland Survivor David Hogg On Potential Guilty Plea: 'It's Horrific That Our Community Has To Continue Going Through This'
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