(January 19, 2013) Serena Williams won the last six games of her match to stop Japan’s Ayumi Morita 6-1, 6-3 in the third round of the Australian Open.
The veteran 31-year-old American, who is looking for a sixth title at Melbourne Park and a third consecutive major title, was 3-0 down in the second set to No. 72 Morita after suffering her first service break of the tournament before surging to win six games in a row.
Williams almost set a record by hitting a 129 mph serve. Williams hit 9 aces and 29 winners.
“I tried to hit it really hard,” said Williams talking about her serve. “ I hit 207 (kph) the other day and I thought it was luck. But I did it again and I was like whew! I’m going to try to go for 210. We’ll see.
“I thought she played really well, “Williams said of her opponent. “She played at a level higher than I expected so it took me off guard. She was just consistent, really consistent.”
Williams discussed how she fells going into the second week of the tournament:
“I feel today was actually a really good match for me. I was involved in a lot of longer points, something I definitely wanted.
I feel good. I hope I can keep this level up and go higher.
She’ll play her fourth-round match against Maria Kirilenko, who beat Yanina Wickmeyer earlier Saturday.
“My job is to do the best I can, “Williams said of the match-up. “Maria is playing consistent tennis, especially the past 16, 18 months, she’s been so consistent. So my goal is just to be really focused against such a player that’s doing so well.”