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2015 Tennis Grand Slam Australian Open: Spin advice helps Serena Williams beat Garbine Muguruza

As if she needed any external help, Serena Williams heeded the call from a patron inside Rod Laver Arena on Monday.

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As if she needed any external help, Serena Williams heeded the call from a patron inside Rod Laver Arena on Monday.

And the advice paid dividends.

The top seed battled past Garbine Muguruza 2-6 6-3 6-2 to move into the Australian Open quarter-finals.

Muguruza, the 24th seed, was halfway to repeating her upset over Williams at the French Open in 2014, before the Spaniard's resistance eventually weakened late.

A fan called out to the 18-time major winner to use more spin, and Williams said she made the most of the free advice.

"I did. I was like, you're right. I'm trying to do that anyway, but I wasn't doing it," the five-time champion said.

"So my fan coach was like, 'Use some spin, Serena'. I was like, 'OK, OK'.

"It's been like really great [the support].

"I hear my name throughout the whole stadium like 360 [degrees]. I don't get that everywhere. It feels good."

Muguruza conceded she failed to match Williams' steely mental resolve, after threatening to beat her for a second time at grand slam level.

"The hardest part, I mean, mentally she's amazing. She's world number one," Muguruza said.

"She has the power to be [competing] all the match without saying anything, concentrate, waiting for her opportunity.

"I mean, the serve, when she serves good, it's really difficult to return.

"And then in the back[hand], she's very strong. So it's very difficult to find the spot to beat her."

The last time Muguruza walked off Rod Laver Arena she was a loser also - to Agnieszka Radwanska - but she said her loss to Williams gave her more to build on.

"I'm learning a lot of things," the Spaniard said.

"Last year I went out of the court feeling I could do more than what I did in court.

"You know this [bad] feeling you have, I could have maybe have won a set.

"But today I gave everything I had. I lost, but I'm happy.

"When you got off the court tired, but what can I say, she played better than me.

"I have to be happy. I did fourth round. I lost to the world number one. That's it."

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