Serena Williams keeps rolling at Australian Open warm-up tournament

Naomi Osaka Reveals She Was 'Really Nervous' Before Heading for Australian Open 2021

A day after Boulter beat Coco Gauff, Osaka's conqueror at the 2020 Australian Open, she came out with a goal against the second-seeded Japanese.

Australia has always been a happy place for Williams with seven of her 23 major titles coming at Melbourne Park, including her last in 2017 when she beat sister Venus in the final and later announced she was pregnant.

"One restaurant we went to previous year during lunch it closed, it doesn't exist". Kenin was a set and trailed 4-1 before making her revival.

With players spending much of the last fortnight in strict quarantine, six events are taking place at Melbourne Park this week as organisers try to help players get up to speed ahead of the opening Grand Slam of the season getting underway next Monday.

That injury kept Williams out of competitive tennis until last week.

"I wrestled with the decision for quite a while", she said.

The home hope ultimately prevailed 6-0 4-6 6-3, with second seed and reigning Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin also taken the distance in a 5-7 7-5 6-2 win over Jessica Pegula, as Nadia Podoroska dug deep to down Petra Kvitova 5-7 6-1 7-6 (9-7). "I was nervous", the young Japanese murmured about playing Alize Cornet her first opponent. No. 13 seed Danielle Collins ousted Czech No. 3 seed Karolina Pliskova, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3).

That will be a rematch of last year's Australian Open final.

The 39-year-old Swiss has been out of action since February 2020 and shelved plans in December to compete in the Australian Open, which makes a delayed start next week.

She didn't mind the extra work.

On her hard-fought victory, the 2019 French Open champion said: "Mid-match, I lacked execution. but happy to get it on my terms in the end". "I played a shorter match yesterday, so maybe subconsciously I made myself play a long match today".

Konta, fifth seed in the same tournament, was defeated in a marathon match lasting three hours and 35 minutes by Irina-Camelia Begu.

At the All-England Club in 2018 she was dismissed 6-3 6-3 by Angelique Kerber and a year later humbled 6-2 6-2 by Simona Halep.

She'll next face 20th-ranked Belgium's Elise Mertens, who knocked out Caroline Garcia of France 7-6 (7/1), 6-3. It was my first match.

Things got more complicated later Wednesday, when the state government announced that a worker at one of the tournament's three Melbourne quarantine hotels had tested positive for COVID-19.

Other major champions in the draw include Sloane Stephens and Svetlana Kuznetsova, who both lost in the first round.

Related:

Comments


Other news