In the current number 11 in the world rankings, American Serena Williams defeated Belarusian Arya Sabalenka by 1 set in 7th, 7th in the world, with serials of 6/1, 2/6 and 6/4 for the round of 16. . Australian Open. In the quarter-finals, the champion of the competition faces Romanian Simona Halep, the winner of the clash between No. 2 in the rankings and Polish Inga Svotek, 17th in the WTA list.
Serena Williams enters quarterfinals of Australian Open – Photo: Getty Images
The first set was marked by balance, with both players being very good in the match and confirming services. However in the tenth game, Serena got a break and closed at 6/1. In the second set, Sabalenka broke American’s two services and opened 3 to 0. Having more room in the game, the Belarusian shut out the other side with 6/2.
Like the first set, both players were very concentrated in the third. In the fourth game, Serena received a break in service, which was answered by Sabalenka in the seventh game. However, in the final stretch, the American showed more emotional control, breaking the opponent’s serve in the tenth game and closing in 6/4.
Significantly, Rod Laver’s ground once again had no spectators in the stands, as it should be in all matches of the tournament. The Australian state of Victoria, where Melbourne is located, has entered lockdown since Friday midnight (10am GMT). The decision was taken to prevent further outbreaks of coronaviruses at the site. The Australian Open, which is being played on the site, will not be interrupted, but will no longer have a spectator in the stands.
Daniel Andrews, the state governor, announced the measures after 13 people in Melbourne were infected with the highly contagious British version of the virus. At the Australian Open, the public was still allowed in this Friday round, but according to Grand Till director Craig Tilley, will be held starting this Saturday.