Serena into Aus Open quarters after surviving Sabalenka test

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MELBOURNE: Serena Williams stormed into the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Sunday with a gritty 6-Four, 2-6, 6-Four victory over Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka.
The match was an enormous check for Williams, who was up towards one of many few gamers on the ladies's tour able to matching her energy from behind the baseline.
"I am pleased to get via that one," Williams stated in an on-court interview. "It wasn't straightforward and I knew it wasn't going to be straightforward. She was teeing off on each shot.

"Even the video games that I misplaced have been tremendous shut, one shot right here and one shot there, and I simply felt like, 'Serena you've got received this, you've got simply received to maintain going.'"
The gamers went toe-to-toe in a fair first set till Williams pounced late to interrupt Sabalenka for the primary time and take a 1-Zero lead.
The roles have been reversed at the beginning of the second, nevertheless, with Sabalenka breaking Williams in her first two service video games.
The American, who's chasing a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title, clawed a break again however was powerless within the face of Sabalenka's onslaught because the seventh seed broke as soon as extra for a Four-1 lead earlier than sending the match right into a decider.
"I misplaced the second set however the video games have been so shut so I simply tried to remain in there," Williams added.
With the strain ramped up within the third it was Sabalenka who blinked first, making a number of errors on serve handy Williams a Three-1 lead.
The Belarusian broke again after which levelled the set at Four-Four with a maintain to like however the strain lastly advised with Sabalenka serving to remain within the match trailing 5-Four.
Sabalenka double-faulted to provide Williams a 15-30 lead and netted a forehand handy her two match factors, conceding the match by sending a forehand lengthy.

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