LAST UPDATED: Feb. 12, 2021, 12:08 p.m.
New Delhi (Aarti Pokhriyal): Grand Slams champion Serena Williams combated with Russian teenager Anastasia Potapova to reach the fourth round and book place in the last 16 of the Australian Open on Friday.
“I came out a little bit not (out) of the starting blocks like I would have wanted to and like I have been since I’ve been playing here, but you know it’s about surviving and playing better every round,” Williams said after the match.
“It was good to get through that match. The first set was extremely tight. I was a little tight, but it worked out. I was able to play a little freely in the second set,” she added.
However, it will be Sabalenka’s first-ever match-up against Williams, who is looking a record-tying 24th Grand Slam title.
“Well, she hits very hard. She has a big, big power game,” Williams said of seventh seed Sabalenka. “She’s a big girl, strong like myself, so I think it will be a really good match, with no crowd,” she added.
In the Meantime, it was has been announced that from Saturday, no spectators will be allowed at the tournament after the Victorian government announced a five-day lockdown in response to the Holiday Inn Covid-19 cluster.