When Serena Williams wrote history books at the Australian Open
by JOVICA ILIC | VIEW 19945
Serena Williams made the Australian Open debut in 1998, and she did not play at her best in the opening years in Melbourne before lifting the title in 2003. After winning seven trophies at Melbourne Park, Serena would become the Down Under legend, with the last one coming four years ago.
Seeking that elusive 24th Major title, Serena made a strong start at this year's Melbourne campaign, winning three matches in straight sets to advance into the last 16. Heading to Melbourne with 87 victories under her belt, Serena became the first player with 90 Australian Open triumphs, leaving all the rivals far behind and writing history books once again.
Thus, Serena became the only player in history with at least 90 wins at three different Majors, achieving that at Wimbledon and the US Open earlier and adding the Australian Open to that impressive list. Chris Evert has over 90 wins at Wimbledon and the US Open, and Serena now stands alone after achieving that at three different Major events, with no one to join her in the upcoming years.
Serena needed only 56 minutes to dismiss Laura Siegemund in the first round, toppling the German 6-1, 6-1 after a dominant display on serve and return. In round two, Nina Stojanovic stood powerless against the grand American, with Williams forging a 6-3, 6-0 triumph in swift 69 minutes.
Serena Williams became the only player with 90 victories at three Majors.
In the third match, Serena overpowered Anastasia Potapova 7-6, 6-2, reaching the last 16 for the 16th time in Melbourne and scoring that milestone 90th victory!
Potapova wasted two set points on serve at 5-3 in the opener and fell in a tight tie break to lose ground. The Russian kicked off the second set with a break before wasting the advantage in the next game when Serena pulled the break back.
Williams broke again in game four and brought the next one home with a service winner to open a 4-1 advantage. Serving at 4-2, the American placed a backhand winner and sealed the deal with a break at 5-2 that carried her into the next round and towards another Major record that will take some beating in the future.