Australian open: Serena avoids disaster

We chart her spectacular rise to stardom.

She will now face the risky Johanna Konta for a place in the semis, after the Briton crushed Ekaterina Makarova 6-1, 6-4.

David Goffin recovered from a set down to beat eighth seed Dominic Thiem of Austria 5-7 7-6 (4) 6-2 6-2. Especially as she continues to win at Melbourne Park, where she's reached the final just once in her career. Can she do it again? Nevertheless, the American quickly moved on from that disappointment and she had to navigate through a tough draw in Melbourne.

Serena Williams battled into her 11th Australian Open quarterfinal on Monday, joining sister Venus Williams, in her unrelenting quest for a record Grand Slam title and the return of her top world ranking.

Williams and Barthel had met two times before, with the American winning both.

Said Mouratoglou on an ESPN television interview: "I saw [Konta] play early this year, and she's one of the players who impressed me the most".

Now she gets the showdown he predicted - and Konta can't wait. But honestly, it's just good scheduling, you know. Her dad is a hotelier and her mum a dentist.

She is facing growing determination from Australian fans to claim her as one of their own. "I believe in the good things that I bring to the court, and I believe in my ability to fight till the very end". "Everything is going my way now", she said.

In the same breath, Serena should be concerned about the new problem, and opponents should definitely be concerned that the American star has not dropped a set in the tournament despite her main baseline weapon misfiring.

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"I got excited", Zverev added. I know her game pretty well. She qualified as a British citizen in May 2012 and soon started competing for Great Britain.

"In short, I'm just looking forward to playing her and enjoying competing like I have every single other match".

This time a year ago Konta, 25, was a largely unknown entity, but her run to the last four in 2016 put her on the map and she followed it up with a stellar season that saw her named the WTA's most improved player.

And with her nose in front, Williams was never going to let that happen and as Strycova wilted and Williams booked her place in the last eight. She has accrued over £2m in prize money to date.

Mischa Zverev has given players around the world the blueprint for success against Andy Murray.

Konta then ventured to her hometown of Sydney for the Sydney International, proving herself as one of tennis' rising talents. It took a backhand mishit from Williams to close it out, with her shot barely dribbling over the net.

"But it's not easy to do it over a 12-month period". "It's wonderful to be able to advance even further".

Strategy analyst for the Australian Open Craig O'Shannessy addressed Zverev's unique tactics - unfashionable in this day and age where power hitting from the back is most players' preference - and said his approach was eye opening for both players and coaches across the globe, calling the contest "one of the most important matches our sport has witnessed in a long, long time".


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