Published: Mon, January 21, 2019
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Australian Open - Synchronised smash ends in calamity - Australian Open

Australian Open - Synchronised smash ends in calamity - Australian Open

Serena Williams is known for keeping a tenacious grip over the headlines as whatever she does set the tongues blabbering, always! 'I think that's something that we're going to continue to do, continue to fight for.

The 29-year-old has won all three of his first week matches on Margaret Court Arena to reach the last 16 for the seventh time in nine appearances. The Japanese player won their first meeting 6-3, 6-4 in the second round of Toronto in 2017, but Sevastova captured two straight-sets victories past year in Doha and Beijing.

Muguruza improves to 12-1 in the third round of majors (.923), her highest win percentage of any round.

Not only has Williams won every set she played this week - and 20 in a row at Melbourne Park, dating to the start of her 2017 run to the title - but she's ceded a total of only nine games through three victories. 'I feel like with my platform, the things I do, the different boards that I sit on, we really talk about equality, gender equality, role equality, pay equality, how important that is.

"I love to play this court, I'm very comfortable here", said the 2014 US Open finalist after delighting a large contingent of Japanese fans.

"When I was young I played against so many people like Lindsay Davenport, Martina Hingis and Monica Seles. everyone I faced was in the hall of fame".

The Romanian advanced to the round-of-16 showdown by ousting Williams' older sister Venus 6-2 6-3 on Saturday, while Serena belted Ukrainian teenager Dayana Yastremska 6-2 6-1.

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Serena Williams was concerned enough about her young opponent to console her after setting up a thumping Australian Open fourth round against world No 1 Simona Halep.

The American tennis legend, 37, who holds 23 Grand Slam titles, approached her 18-year-old rival after the match to cheer her up.

"I could tell she was quite upset. So to be able to see that play out all of this time later when I'm actually in the same draw is really special". She came out swinging and to be so young, she came out ready to go. She will face number one ranked player Simona Halep. "Every match was intimidating and not easy but you just go out and do the best you can". Maybe it's a sign that Halep is starting to return to form, as her first couple of matches took place with her fresh off of a back injury. I told her to definitely look into it so she knows going into the future what to expect'. "I have huge respect for her because she's a great champion, but she's just an opponent next round".

"But in this moment, I am confident that I am in this position and I'm positive about it".

Halep acknowledged she used to cower at the thought of facing Serena.

Unlike any of Serena's foes until now, both Venus (with seven) and Halep (with one) have won a major title.

Osaka will meet Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova in the fourth round after the 13th seed beat China's world No 21 Qianq Wang 6-3 6-3.

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