MELBOURNE, Australia – Serena Williams is back alongside Naomi Osaka in the third round of the Australian Open and both will see their opponents briefly over an hour on Wednesday

Williams, who holds an open-era record with 23 major individual championships, beat the 99 in the last seven games Nina Stojanovic from Serbia 6: 3 and 6: 0 through

Williams saved all three breakpoints, hit half a dozen aces, and put together 27 winners with just 11 unforced mistakes

“I didn’t think as much in the second sentence as I did in the first,” Williams said. “I just let go and see what happened ”

The 39-year-old American has won the title seven times in Australia, but her third-round loss to Qiang Wang in 2020 marked Williams’ earliest exit at Melbourne Park in 14 years

This time around, Williams will try to win even more with a win against Anastasia Potapova, a 19-year-old Russian who became Junior Champion at Wimbledon in 2016 and currently ranks 101st Potapova has not yet won a Tour-level title and will make her debut in the third round at a major tournament

“It felt great, I haven’t played a night game in a long time,” she said afterwards

“Staying focused throughout the game makes it difficult to play opponents like her because you never know what she’s going to do or how hard she will hit”

Osaka have won 16 games and their last loss was in a Fed Cup game last February since the WTA tour resumed in August, including the last week leading up to the semi-finals of the Gippsland Trophy warm-up tournament two transitions

On Wednesday, the comeback of former US Open champion Bianca Andreescu came to a standstill after an injury when she was beaten 6: 3, 6: 2 by the clever veteran Su-Wei Hsieh from Taiwan

As eighth, the 20-year-old Canadian seemed confused by 35-year-old Hsieh’s unorthodox game, which involves a two-handed forehand and an unpredictable mix of pace and placement

“She can literally redirect every single ball you give her,” Andreescu said. “She can change the rhythm. I can change the rhythm too, but at least today she is on a different level ”

It didn’t help that Andreescu served poorly, losing 17 of 23 points on her second serve.She was broken six times and fell to 3-1 in the second round of Grand Slams, the only win being during her run came to the US Open title

Andreescu said she was pleased to see that her “fighting spirit” was still there, but admitted that building the first major of the year that had players quarantined made it a little difficult for her

“After my first round, I thought I was going to feel more exhausted, but I felt great,” she said. “The weather was a little difficult today too, being in the heart of the quarantine, I would have that extra two weeks in spending the heat and getting used to sweating and all that “

Hsieh is 71st Place and has an inconsistent history but she’s 8-2 against top 10 players, including two wins against reigning world No. 1 – Simona Halep at Wimbledon in 2018 and Naomi Osaka in Miami in 2019

The two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova came to Andreescu as the second top 10 player in the women who fell into the second round

The ninth Kvitova was beaten 6-4, 1-6, 6-1 by the Romanian Sorana Cirstea. Kvitova reached the Australian Open final in 2019 and lost to Naomi Osaka.She also had the fourth round or better in five of the last reached six Grand Slam tournaments

Another comeback Canadian also lost Rebecca Marino, a former Top 40 player who competed in a major tournament for the first time in eight years, was replaced by No 19 seeds Marketa Vondrousova 6-1, 7-5

Ann Li, a 20-year-old American, reached the third round for the second consecutive major by beating Alize Cornet 6-2, 7-6 (6)

Li, who ranks 69th, made her Grand Slam debut in Melbourne a year ago and reached the third round at the US Open.She reached her first WTA final at the Grampians Trophy last week by winning three games The final was canceled due to scheduling reasons

Also on Wednesday, the two-time main winner Garbine Muguruza scored a 6: 3, 6: 1 win against Liudmilla Samsonova from Russia Muguruza has been in impressive form since the beginning of the year and reached the final of the Yarra Valley Classic warm-up tournament with only 10 lost games in the past week. Next, she meets Zarina Diyas from Kazakhstan

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