Serena Williams cruised into the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday defeating Nina Stojanovic.
Williams, 39, continued her bid to equal Margret Court’s all-time mark of 24 Grand Slams as she defeated the 99th rank Serb in just 69 minutes at Rod Laver Arena.
“l wasn’t thinking as much in the second (set), as I was in the first,” said Williams.
On her 101st Australian Open match, she hit 27 winners while sporting her unique, one-legged catsuit yet again. “I’m here to have fun and it’s great to be playing in front of a crowd,” she added.
On the other hand, former US Open champion Bianca Andreescu’s emotional comeback after 15 months ended in the hands of Hsieh Su-Wei from Taiwan.
The eight seed Andreescu was playing her first tournament since October 2019 after a serious knee injury.
She was unable to cope with Hsieh’s range of shots and was defeated 6-3, 6-2 in an hour and 23 minutes.
“You need to find a way to get through and the crowd helped me fight,” said Hsieh after beating the Canadian.
Former Wimbledon champion and Melbourne runner-up in 2019, Kvitova committed 44 unforced errors which led to her 6-4, 1-6, 6-1 defeat to Sorana Cirstea of Romania.
However, seventh-seeded Aryna Sabalenka found it hard in going through 7-6 (7/5), 6-3 against Russia’s Daria Kasatkina.