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Australian Open: Serena Williams storms into third round

  • Serena Williams moved on by grabbing the final seven video games to beat 99th-ranked Nina Stojanovic of Serbia 6-3, 6-0 in a little bit greater than an hour.

AP, Melbourne

UPDATED ON FEB 10, 2021 09:44 AM IST

Serena Williams is again within the Australian Open’s third round, the place her keep within the Grand Slam match ended a year in the past. The proprietor of an Open era-record 23 main singles championships moved on by grabbing the final seven video games to beat 99th-ranked Nina Stojanovic of Serbia 6-3, 6-0 in a little bit greater than an hour.

Williams saved all three break factors she confronted, hit a half-dozen aces and compiled 27 winners with simply 11 unforced errors. The 39-year-old American has received the title in Australia seven instances, however her third-loss to Wang Qiang within the third round in 2020 was Williams’ earliest exit at Melbourne Park in 14 years.

This time, Williams will attempt to go additional with a win towards Anastasia Potapova, a 19-year-old Russian who was the junior champion at Wimbledon in 2016 and presently is ranked a hundred and first. Potapova has but to win a tour-level title and will probably be making her debut within the third round at a serious match.

American Ann has reached the third round at a Grand Slam for the second time in a row by beating Alize Cornet on the Australian Open, 6-2, 7-6 (6). Li, who’s 20 and ranked 69th, made her Grand Slam debut in Melbourne a year in the past and reached the third round on the U.S. Open. She reached her first WTA closing final week on the Grampians Trophy by successful three matches. The closing was referred to as off for scheduling causes.

Bianca Andreescu’s return to aggressive tennis has been lower brief after she lost within the second round of the Australian Open to Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan 6-3, 6-2. Andreescu appeared out of types from the beginning towards the artful Hsieh, who threw the 2019 US Open champion off her rhythm along with her deep, angled groundstrokes and array of slices.

Andreescu, the eighth seed, hadn’t performed a match for 15 months resulting from accidents and the pandemic earlier than she beat Mihaela Buzarnescu within the first round at Melbourne Park. She had 25 unforced errors towards Hsieh and solely saved three of the 9 break factors she confronted. She double-faulted on match level. Hsieh is understood for knocking off prime gamers in Grand Slam tournaments, having beforehand overwhelmed Garbine Muguruza on the Australian Open and Simona Halep at Wimbledon.

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