Australian Open: Serena overpowers Potapova to reach fourth round

Reuters
New Delhi, India Published: Feb 12, 2021, 04:24 PM(IST)

Serena Williams of the US in action during the match against Russia's Anastasia Potapova.  Photograph:( Reuters )

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Potapova double-faulted to put the match back on serve and from there it was on Williams's terms.

Serena Williams's bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title remained intact as she downed Anatasia Potapova 7-6(5) 6-2 to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open on Friday.

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On the last day of crowds at the tournament before spectators are banned for at least five days due to snap COVID-19 lockdown, Williams slumped to a 5-3 deficit in an error-strewn first set and had to save two set points at Rod Laver Arena.

Potapova double-faulted to put the match back on serve and from there it was on Williams's terms.

The 39-year-old American will bid for a place in the quarter-finals against seventh seed Aryna Sabalenka.

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