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In a tough battle between the top 10, the seven-time champion Serena Williams prevailed against Aryna Sabalenka to take her 13th place Time to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open

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The 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams fought a strict challenge from a spirited opponent when the American with the tenth seed was No. 1 overtook Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka, 7-4, 2-6, 6-4 to secure her place in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open

Fireworks were on display as the two strong thugs and top 10 seeds battled for a spot in the final eight of the first major of the year in a highly anticipated first meeting between the two, it was Williams who came after two hours and finally advanced nine minutes and Sabalenka denied the first Grand Slam quarter-finals of her career

“It was obviously very important because I didn’t want to get out of the tournament, so it felt good to somehow get this under control in the end and see it through,” Williams said during her post-game press conference. p>

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It will be former world No. 1 Williams, whose quest for a stunning eighth Australian Open title and a historic 24th Grand Slam title continues as she sacked 30 winners, including nine aces, to quell Sabalenka charges.Sabalenka had won 18 of their last 19 games, but it’s Williams who made it 13th Times in her career in Melbourne made it to the quarterfinals

“I just felt like a game that I lost I was so close to winning, “Williams said.” Not all games, but probably most of those games I just had to play better on the big points I knew I could I still hadn’t climaxed I said, ‘Okay ‘Serena, you got that, just keep going’ “

She really is one of the few voices I hear I don’t know if I’m going to withdraw and she’s the only one I hear I know when I hear her voice it just makes me calm and confident Yes, I do think there is something that makes me feel really good

Another big name awaits Williams in the quarters, as she will now face either two-time Grand Slam champion Simona Halep or reigning Roland Garros champion Iga Swiatek

“At this point, I’m ready for both players,” Williams said. “It’s the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam I’ve been here more times than I could count This is the right mindset for me I’ll be ready for every player”

In the first set Sabalenka barely lost a point on serve before holding two breakpoints at 3: 3, but Williams knocked those chances away with the service winners and then used a mixture of flawless strength and divine defense to break the first break to finish the game in the last game of the opener

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Williams couldn’t hold the momentum in the second set as her first service percentage dropped to 36 percent and Sabalenka was rewarded with breaks in the American’s first three games, as the Sabalenka power game was in full flight as she got through the second set raced and the match leveled – the first set Williams lost every fortnight

Williams prevailed 4-1 in the playoff before stronger ground strokes from Sabalenka’s racket pulled them back 4-3 on serve. Staying in the game There, Sabalenka reversed a double fault and two forehand errors, and Williams took the crucial break to take the win

“I think it’s a great depth again,” said Williams, eyeing the field. “I think there have been a lot of players who have really won the title since the start of the draw. I think there are so many players who have come out and have won Grand Slams and can continue to win

“It’s good it’s good to see It’s good to see that I’m in that mix too”

Statistics review: Williams’ seven Australian Open titles (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009-2010, 2015 and 2017) are a record in the Open Era (since 1968) Her 20 appearances at the Australian Open are behind her sister Venus, who made 21 appearances, in second place among the active players

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