Venus Williams, who could return to the world`s top ten for the first time in four years if she makes a successful defence of the Dubai Open title this week, began the journey with a 6-1, 6-2 rout of highly-regarded Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic on Monday.
A persistent, nagging cough bothering world number one Serena Williams since her Australian Open victory gave Argentina a chink of light in their one-sided Fed Cup tie against the United States on Sunday.
Making the semi-finals of the Australian Open gave Madison Keys belief she could contend with the best players in the women`s game, but also made the hard-hitting 19-year-old more determined to take an extra step at the grand slams.
A fired-up Serena Williams shot down last year`s finalist Dominika Cibulkova Wednesday to set up an all-American Australian Open semi-final with teenager Madison Keys, who brought sister Venus` dream run to a grinding halt.
The Serena and Venus show that dominated women`s tennis for years returned to the Australian Open on Saturday with an unheralded American teenager joining the evergreen Williams sisters in the last 16.
Top seed Serena Williams and her older sister Venus sent a chilling warning to the rest of the women`s draw at the Australian Open on Saturday by both advancing to the fourth round at Melbourne Park for the first time in five years.
Novak Djokovic eased into the fourth round at the Australian Open with a straight sets win over Spain`s Fernando Verdasco on Saturday. The Serb world number one beat the 31st seeded Verdasco 7-6 (10/8), 6-3, 6-4 in 2hr 21min and will play Luxembourg`s Gilles Muller in the next round.
Australian Open top seed Serena Williams on Thursday revealed big sister Venus remains her inspiration, paying tribute to a player she said had shaken up tennis then transformed into the game`s elder stateswoman.