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Serena gets hot in Brisbane

Serena Williams was in ominous form as she brushed aside Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to win the Brisbane International.

The veteran served notice she is the one to beat in the Australian Open later this month by crushing the Russian 6-2 6-1 in a final lasting just 50 minutes.

The 31-year-old has lost only one match since last year's French Open, winning number 35 of 36 in adding a 47th WTA title to her collection.

She took control at 2-2 in the first set when going on a run of seven straight games and never looked like losing against an increasingly demoralised opponent, who had no answer to Williams' power and aggression.

Serena sent down nine aces and won 91 percent of her first serves, blasting 24 winners past Pavlyuchenkova, who looked shell-shocked at times with the pace of the American's groundstrokes.