Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams underlined their status as title favorites by cruising into the fourth round of tennis’s Australian Open with straight-set victories. Li Na and David Ferrer also advanced in Melbourne as yesterday’s temperatures topped 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius) for the fourth consecutive day.
Five-time champion Serena Williams advanced to the fourth round of the Australian Open tennis tournament with ease as temperatures topped 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius) for the fourth consecutive day. China’s Li Na also won.
Defending champion Novak Djokovic beat Slovakia’s Lukas Lacko in straight sets yesterday as he opened his bid to become the first man to win five Australian Open titles in tennis’s professional era. Top-ranked Serena Williams also won.
Venus Williams’s strong start to the tennis season ended with a loss to No. 22 seed Ekaterina Makarova of Russia in the opening round of the Australian Open. Petra Kvitova, the 2011 Wimbledon champion, was upset by Luksika Kumkhum of Thailand.
Defending champion Novak Djokovic beat Slovakia’s Lukas Lacko in straight sets as he bids to become the first man in the professional era to win five Australian Open tennis titles. Venus Williams and Petra Kvitova lost.
Top-seeded Novak Djokovic joined defending champions Serena Williams and Andy Murray in advancing at the U.S. Open, where the host nation is without a man in the last 16 for the first time in the tournament’s 133-year history.
Five-time champion Roger Federer looked for the positives after his earliest exit from the U.S. Open in 10 years prevented a first meeting with Rafael Nadal at the tennis season’s final Grand Slam tournament.