SERENA Williams took her first step towards a dream Brisbane International showdown with Sam Stosur with a straight sets win over Chanelle Scheepers at Pat Rafter Arena on Monday.
Earlier, Serbian Ana Ivanovic cruised to a straight-sets win over Austrian Tamira Paszek on centre court.
Meanwhile, 2011 finalist and second seed Andrea Petkovic overcame a second-set wobble to move past Israel's Shahar Peer 7-6, 1-6, 6-3.
Williams took just 70 minutes to cruise past the South African 6-2, 6-3 on Monday, moving her closer to a possible U.S. Open final rematch against Stosur in the semi finals.
Queenslander Stosur defeated Williams in straight sets at the 2011 U.S. Open final but the American holds a 5-4 career advantage over the world No. 6.
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