Novak Djokovic extended his winning streak to 17 matches yesterday at the Australian Open, where Maria Sharapova routed Venus Williams 6-1, 6-3 to tie the record for fewest games lost in the first three rounds.
Serena Williams overcame another mishap to join top-seeded Victoria Azarenka in the third round of the Australian Open on the hottest day so far at the Grand Slam tennis tournament. Roger Federer and Andy Murray also won in straight sets.
Defending champion Victoria Azarenka yesterday beat American teenager Sloane Stephens to set up an Australian Open final against Li Na, who ended Maria Sharapova’s record run at the Grand Slam tennis tournament.
Maria Sharapova moved to the third round of the Australian Open with the first back-to-back shutouts in a major in almost three decades. Former U.S. Open champion Samantha Stosur extended a run of flops at her home Grand Slam.