Posted on: November 16, 2019 Posted by: admin Comments: 0

first_imgSeven-time champion Serena Williams has advanced to the fourth round at Melbourne Park with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Dayana Yastremska.The 16th-seeded Williams has now won 20 consecutive sets at Melbourne Park, having not dropped a set in her 2017 title run and winning three rounds here this year in straight sets. She did not play here in 2018 following the birth of her daughter.Yamstremska received treatment during a medical timeout after she turned her right ankle while stretching to return a shot in the fifth game of the second set.Williams won her 84th match at Melbourne Park, which is more than any other woman in Australian Open history. She has lost just 10 matches in 18 appearances at the tournament.Williams, attempting to win a record 24th Grand Slam singles title, will next play either her sister Venus or top-seeded Simona Halep, who play later [email protected]: “She [@Venuseswilliams] still intimidates me.”You heard it here first #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/7AXE6GPJTS#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2019NISHIKORI BATTLES PAST SOUSAKei Nishikori got through the third round in straight sets against Joao Sousa, getting a bit of relief after his first two matches at Melbourne Park went to five sets.The eighth-seeded Nishikori had a 7-6 (6), 6-1, 6-2 win on Margaret Court Arena right after Naomi Osaka’s three-set comeback win over Hsieh Su-wei.Nishikori, the 2014 U.S. Open finalist, fended off 59 aces from 39-year-old Ivo Karlovic in the second round before winning the fifth-set tiebreaker 10-7.Sousa had also advanced through two five-setters and needed a medical time out in the third set.advertisementThe last time Nishikori won consecutive matches in five sets at a major was at the U.S. Open in 2014, when he beat Milos Raonic and Stan Wawrinka in five on the way to his semifinal win over Novak Djokovic.It was Nishikori’s third straight game on Margaret Court Arena, and he said he enjoyed the vibe – particularly after playing after fellow Japanese player Osaka, the U.S. Open champion.”Forehand has been working very well. Second and third sets I was playing really aggressive, and everything was working well,” he said.He has reached the fourth round in Australia for the seventh time and is on a roll after winning the season-opening tournament in Brisbane.last_img

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