Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Serena blasts into fourth round

MELBOURNE, January 23- Defending champion Serena Williams blitzed into the fourth round of the Australian Open with a 6-0, 6-3 win over Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro on Saturday.The top seed will next play Australian 13th seed Samantha Stosur, who earlier beat Italian Alberta Brianti 6-4, 6-1.

It was far from plain sailing for Williams despite the scoreline, with the plucky Spaniard recovering from a disastrous start to push the top seed for much of the second set.

Williams came out with all guns blazing and raced to a 5-0 lead in only 15 minutes, Suarez Navarro winning just five points in the first five games.

She only seemed to wake up in the sixth game, which went for an amazing 23 minutes with 13 deuces, Williams clinching the first set on her eighth opportunity.

Suarez Navarro put Williams’ sister Venus out in the second round last year and she took the same game plan in against Serena, blunting the American’s power with precise placement and acute angles.

Williams was made to run all over the court, but she showed her superb athleticism as she chased down many of the Spaniard’s best shots and returned them with interest.

Williams broke Suarez Navarro in the third game of the second set and was never in any trouble on her own serve, holding comfortably to 5-3, when she seized on a loose game by the Spaniard to break again and take the match.

Her match with Stosur should create plenty of interest, with the Australian number one beating Williams the last time they met.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Williams then added fuel to the fire by accusing Stosur of being a good "framer", implying many of her winning shots of being miss hits.

"I guess she thought I hit too many frames or shanks during that match," Stosur said.

"Maybe I hit a couple, but I hit with a bit of spin. Maybe she wasn’t expecting so many balls to drop in because of the spin."

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


More on Capital Sports


NAIROBI, Kenya, May 25 – There is light at the end of the tunnel. After failed promises over the last three years since its...


NAIROBI, Kenya, June 8 – Olympic Champion Caster Semenya and wife Violet Raseboya have hinted that they might be expecting a baby in a...


NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 15 – Daniel Wanjiru, the 2017 London Marathon champion has been slapped with a four-year ban by the World Athletics Disciplinary...


NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 13 – Kenya’s history making Daniel Adongo, the first Kenyan to play in America’s National Football League (NFL), is now living...

© 2020 Capital Digital Media. Capital Group Limited. All Rights Reserved