• Serena Williams moves to the quarterfinals at the Australian Open

    Serena Williams moves to the quarterfinals at the Australian Open. It wasn’t an easy ride through, since Serena had to work around a bunch of errors to beat Barbora Strycova. [Feature Image by EW.com]

    The No. 16-ranked Barbora made the No. 2-ranked Serena sweat it out, engage in more and longer rallies and turn her win into a struggle.

    With this win Serena remains on track in her effort for an Open-era record 23rd Grand Slam title. If she gets there, the six-time Australian Open champion would surpass Steffi Graf. Besides the fact, she will regain the number one ranking as well.

    Next up, she’ll face No. 9 Johanna Konta, who beat Ekaterina Makarova for the second straight year in the fourth round.

    “It was a really good match for me, and I’m glad I got through it,” Williams said in her on-court interview.

    “It’s good to know I have a Plan B, or an Option 2,” said Williams, the No. 2 seed and a 22-time major winner. “It’s always good to have something to improve on, and I know I can do better on my serve.”

     

     

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