Australian Open: Serena Williams sets mark with 3rd-round win

Jan 17 2014, 19:36 IST
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SummarySerena Williams got on and off court as quickly as she could in the scorching heat Friday, registering yet another record with match win No. 61 at the Australian Open as she advanced to the fourth round with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Daniela Hantuchova.

sisters were entered in the doubles but withdrew after Serena's singles match Friday, citing a leg left injury for Venus.

``I love playing doubles, love playing with Venus, but sometimes it doesn't work out,'' she said. ``I guess it's a relief, but like I say, we love to play doubles and we love to be out there ... so I'll definitely miss it.''

Rod Laver Arena was about three-quarters full for the match, though it was a quiet crowd _ people seemed to be expending more energy fanning themselves with programs and newspapers than applauding points on the court.

No. 9 Angelique Kerber advanced earlier with a 6-3, 6-4 win over American Alison Riske, and said her main aim had been to ``get off the court before it became really hot.'' Kerber will next play No. 28 Flavia Pennetta, who advanced 6-1, 7-5 over Mona Barthel of Germany.

No. 22 Ekaterina Makarova advanced with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Monica Niculescu and No. 30 Eugenie Bouchard beat American Lauren Davis 6-2, 6-2.

On the men's side, third-seeded David Ferrer advanced to the fourth round for a 10th consecutive Grand Slam when he beat No. 29 Jeremy Chardy 6-2, 7-6 (5), 6-2. The French Open finalists will next play Florian Mayer, who beat No. 20 Jerzy Janowicz 7-5, 6-2, 6-2.

Matches on outer courts were suspended for four hours on Thursday afternoon when the Extreme Heat Policy was invoked for the first time since 2009.

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