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.
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.