MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Serena Williams (NYSE:) stormed into the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Sunday with a gritty 6-4 2-6 6-4 victory over Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka.
The match was a giant check for Williams, who was up in opposition to one of many few gamers on the ladies’s tour able to matching her energy from behind the baseline.
“I am glad to get by that one,” Williams mentioned in an on-court interview. “It wasn’t simple and I knew it wasn’t going to be simple. She was teeing off on each shot.
“Even the video games that I misplaced had been tremendous shut, one shot right here and one shot there, and I simply felt like, ‘Serena you’ve got acquired this, you’ve got simply acquired to maintain going.'”
The gamers went toe-to-toe in a good first set till Williams pounced late to interrupt Sabalenka for the primary time and take a 1-0 lead.
The roles had been reversed at the beginning of the second, nonetheless, with Sabalenka breaking Williams in her first two service video games.
The American, who’s chasing a record-equalling twenty fourth Grand Slam title, clawed a break again however was powerless within the face of Sabalenka’s onslaught because the seventh seed broke as soon as extra for a 4-1 lead earlier than sending the match right into a decider.
“I misplaced the second set however the video games had been so shut so I simply tried to remain in there,” Williams added.
With the strain ramped up within the third it was Sabalenka who blinked first, making a number of errors on serve handy Williams a 3-1 lead.
The Belarusian broke again after which levelled the set at 4-4 with a maintain to like however the strain lastly informed with Sabalenka serving to remain within the match trailing 5-4.
Sabalenka double-faulted to offer Williams a 15-30 lead and netted a forehand handy her two match factors, conceding the match by sending a forehand lengthy.
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