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MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Serena Williams (NYSE:) stormed into the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Sunday with a gritty 6-4 2-6 6-4 victory over Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka.

The match was a giant take a look at for Williams, who was up towards one of many few gamers on the ladies’s tour able to matching her energy from behind the baseline.

“I am pleased to get by means of that one,” Williams stated in an on-court interview. “It wasn’t straightforward and I knew it wasn’t going to be straightforward. She was teeing off on each shot.

“Even the video games that I misplaced had been tremendous shut, one shot right here and one shot there, and I simply felt like, ‘Serena you have obtained this, you have simply obtained to maintain going.'”

The gamers went toe-to-toe in an excellent first set till Williams pounced late to interrupt Sabalenka for the primary time and take a 1-0 lead.

The roles had been reversed firstly of the second, nevertheless, with Sabalenka breaking Williams in her first two service video games.

The American, who’s chasing a record-equalling twenty fourth Grand Slam title, clawed a break again however was powerless within the face of Sabalenka’s onslaught because the seventh seed broke as soon as extra for a 4-1 lead earlier than sending the match right into a decider.

“I misplaced the second set however the video games had been so shut so I simply tried to remain in there,” Williams added.

With the stress ramped up within the third it was Sabalenka who blinked first, making a number of errors on serve handy Williams a 3-1 lead.

The Belarusian broke again after which levelled the set at 4-4 with a maintain to like however the stress lastly advised with Sabalenka serving to remain within the match trailing 5-4.

Sabalenka double-faulted to present Williams a 15-30 lead and netted a forehand handy her two match factors, conceding the match by sending a forehand lengthy.

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