Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Petra Kvitova didn’t sweat much in their third round victories at the Australian Open.
Serena‘s opponent Greta Arn was the closest to challenging the American in the beginning of the first set, when she had a break point in the opening game, but that was all from the Hungarian who was quickly overpowered 6-1 6-1. Despite that, Serena claims that she’s nowhere near her desired form and is just playing through the rust.
Sharapova was also quick, losing just three games to Angelique Kerber to reach the fourth round 6-1 6-2. The Russian has actually lost just five games so far at the tournament.
Kvitova bageled Maria Kirilenko in the first set of their third round encounter, and after one more game Kirilenko retired from the match with a left thigh injury sustained already in the first game of the match.
All the fourth round pairs are now determined. Serena Williams will play Ekatarina Makarova, who upset Vera Zvonareva 7-6(7) 6-1, Maria Sharapova will play Sabine Lisicki, the 2-6 6-4 6-2 conqueror of Svetlana Kuznetsova, Sarra Errani, who defeated Sorana Cirstea 6-7(6) 6-0 6-2, will play Zheng Jie, the 6-3 6-3 winner over Marion Bartoli, and Petra Kvitova will face Ana Ivanovic, who advanced by beating Vania King 6-3 6-4. The first half of fourth round clashes was determined yesterday. (photo: Ralf Reinecke)