Serena Williams will play the Australian Open 2021, which begins February 8th, with a definite goal: to try to win the tournament, eg by winning Margaret Smith's 24 Slams and achieving that record she has been chasing for many years now, especially after motherhood.
In fact, in 2017 Serena's last success in a Grand Slam, at the Australian Open, against her sister Venus, while she was pregnant for a few weeks. After the come back to the courtm Serena got four defeats in four Slam finals, two at Wimbledon and two at the US Open, between 2018 and 2019.
The American, however, is the ruler of a statistic in Australia: she has in fact won 113 matches in the country, becoming the women's singles tennis player in activity to win more challenges there. Serena leads the tally for the most wins in Australia.
She has won a staggering nine Down Under titles, including seven at the Australian Open and two Tour Championship wins in Brisbane. In second place is Kim Clijsters, with 72 victories in Australia The Belgian has won five Grand Slam titles, including the Australian Open in 2011.
In third place is former world number 1 Victoria Azarenka, with 69 wins in Down Under, with two consecutive victories in Melbourne in 2012 and 2013. Venus Williams is in fourth place despite the fact that she has never won the Australian Open.
She has won 68 games in Down Under, with her moment of glory being her at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, where she won gold in the women's singles. In fifth place is the German tennis player Angelique Kerber, who has won 67 games in Australia, winning her first Slam title in Melbourne Park in 2016, beating Serena Williams in the final.
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As reported on the Australian website The Age, it is difficult to avoid the impression that tennis players come here at the expense of Australians stranded abroad and exposed to the pandemic.
It's also odd that Victoria could find places for tennis stars as her residents are stranded in NSW and Queensland due to its harsh border closures. Health Minister Martin Foley said he understood the frustration of the Victorians stranded in Sydney or Brisbane, which are still considered red zones by the state government, but he didn't want to risk another outbreak in the state of Victoria.
He said: "I apologize for the dislocation this has caused, but I don't apologize for the principle of keeping Victoria safe and keeping Victoria open. More than 70,000 Victorians are trying to go home with the new state traffic light system, with thousands still stranded in NSW under current restrictions.
While Victoria reopened on Monday at NSW regional, Greater Sydney remains a red zone from which people can only travel with an exemption," the minister explained. Now it was confirmed that three out of 10 people who tested positive for the swab while inside the Australian Open bubble contracted the UK's most virulent strain of COVID-19.
The COVID-19 Quarantine Victoria that the three people involved were linked to the Australian Open but were not players. The trio have been subjected to the strictest quarantine rules since their arrival in Melbourne last week, according to the agency.
A spokesperson for the center said: "All three cases have been blocked since they landed in Melbourne," a CVQ spokesperson said. The residents arrived in Melbourne on a dedicated charter flight to the Australian Open on January 15th and returned their first positive tests on January 15th, 17th and 18th.
" New evidence also suggests that the variant could be 30% more deadly. Paula Badosa revealed that she was taken to a health hotel after testing positive for COVID-19. The 23-years-old, who previously spoke out against the strict quarantine protocol, said she didn't feel well with some symptoms.