(January 20, 2017) No. 2 seed Serena Williams cruised past U.S. countrywoman Nicole Gibbs 6-1, 6-3 to reach the fourth-round of the Australian Open on Saturday in Melbourne.
The 22-time major champion, who is seeking her 7th Australian Open title needed only 63 minutes to advance to her sixth straight round of 16 in Melbourne.
She’ll take on 16th seed Barbora Strycova who defeated No. 21 Caroline Garcia 6-2, 7-5.
Before this Australian Open, Jennifer Brady had never made the made draw of a major, this year the American made her first main draw be going through qualifying and is in the fourth round in Melbourne.
Brady upset 14th seed Elena Vesnina 7-6 (4), 6-2. Brady survived five match points to win against Britain’s Heather Watson in the second round.
“It feels amazing,” Brady said in her news conference. “I mean, you know, coming here, being in the qualifying, you know, I didn’t expect to, you know, make it all the way until second week.
“One of my goals, actually, was, you know, in the next couple years to be playing in the second week of a Grand Slam. I sat down and had that discussion with my coaches and, you know, the rest of my team — when was it? A couple months ago.”
Mirjana Lucic-Baroni won 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 win over Maria Sakkari. Nineteen years ago Lucic-Baroni won her last match in Melbourne as a teenager. The 34-year-old broke a record for the longest period between match wins at a major with the win on Saturday.
2014 finalist and sixth seed Dominka Cibulkova pushed 30th seed Ekaterina Makarova to a third set after rallying from a set and 0-4 down in the second set but lost 6-2, 6-7(3), 6-3.
“An amazing fight. I got, to be honest, a bit tight at 4-0 in the second set,” Makarova said after the match. “I want to enjoy my win today. It’s my first over Dominika, and she’s a great player.”
Makarova will play the winner of the Johanna Konta- Caroline Wozniacki match next.
On the men’s side of the draw, No. 11 David Goffin won 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 win over No. 20 Ivo Karlovic. Goffin will play Dominic Thiem in the round of 16. The 8th seeded Austrian beat Benoit Paire 6-1, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.
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