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 Australian Open champion Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic, winner of the past three titles, reached the tennis tournament’s third round as temperatures soared for the second straight afternoon.
Five-time champion Serena Williams lost three games while advancing to the third round of the Australian Open tennis tournament as temperatures soared above 106 degrees Fahrenheit (41.1 Celsius) for the second straight afternoon.
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.
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.
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.
Five-time champion Roger Federer, the top seed, was upset by Lleyton Hewitt in three sets in the final of tennis’s Gerry Weber Open in Germany today. Sam Querrey of the U.S. won the Aegon championships at Queen’s Club in London.