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.
Day two of Australian Open saw top class players make the cut for second round after some classy performances. With the men's section saw some big names progress, women's draw ensured there is still a lot of mixed results.
Top seed Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams advanced to the Auckland Classic quarter-finals and kept alive the hopes of an anticipated final between the pair in dramatically contrasting circumstances on Wednesday.
Impressive wins by Thomas Enqvist and the mixed doubles pair of Venus Williams and Feliciano Lopez helped Bangalore Raptors take a 15-12 lead over Pune Marathas in their Champions Tennis League tie here on Thursday.