Melbourne, Australia (AP)-If Serena Williams could go back to the net and remind her of another over-the-shoulder shot while running in the next Australian Open game, the local flare-up coronavirus would It means that there are no spectators who respond to the applause and cry of gratitude they receive.
The head of government of Victoria announced a five-day blockade in response to COVID, while helping Williams use its little magic to achieve a comeback victory over an opponent 20 years younger on Friday. Because I was doing it. -19 outbreaks at the hotel.
You can continue to compete in the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, but no one will be able to participate from Saturday.
After Wimbledon was canceled by a pandemic, with zero fans at the US Open and only 1,000 people a day at the 2020 French Open, the government will support Tennis Australia with up to 30,000 people a day, 50% of its capacity. Allowed.
Not so anymore.
I think it’s going to be a difficult day for everyone, but hopefully, Williams defeated 19-year-old Anastasia Potapova 7-6 (5), 6-2, then 25 times in the first set alone. Despite the forced error of, said. “It’s not ideal. It’s especially fun to get the crowd back here. It was really cool. But what do you know? At the end of the day, we have to do our best. Hopefully everything is fine.
A year ago, Williams lost only three games to Potapova in the first round. But then the Americans were shocked in the third round and went to Australia for the first time in 14 years.
This time around, Williams, who won seven of Australia’s 23 Grand Slam titles, lags behind Potapova’s 5-3 opening set. However, the 2016 Junior Wimbledon Champion double-faulted five times in the game, including two at setpoints.
Williams then lost 5-3 in a tiebreaker. However, she scored the following four points. This is the end of the 21-shot exchange that Potapova finished with a forehand landing on the net.
I don’t have much experience in those scenarios. To me it was absolutely spiritual. I was thinking too much. I was exaggerating. It’s overkill, she said. Potapova, who was visited by the coach in the second set, said that the pain between her ribs made her breathing difficult.
I respect Serena. She came back. She didn’t let it go, said Potapova in 101st place. She kept fighting for every point, every ball.
Immediately after Potapova broke to start the second set and took the lead again.
Williams snapped back with the help of a great pitch. After somehow putting the racket on the ball and sending it in the right direction, the 39-year-old she stopped and smiled thinking that the points were over, and then Potapova made a mistake and responded, so she got points. She laughed when she noticed. She shot on the net.
That was a great point. Yes. Very beautiful, Potapova said with a smile in a video interview with The Associated Press. That’s what he does. That’s what makes it great.
Williams was followed by 7th seed Arina Sabalenka, who beat Henry 6-3, 6-1 to match her best Grand Slam performance in the fourth round.
Playing against this type of player is always a big challenge. But I will do everything I can to get this victory, Sabalenka said. We are all here for victory.
He has built them at a significant rate since the end of last season: Sabalenka has won 18 of his last 19 games.
Hit very hard. She has a great power play, Williams said of a 22-year-old from Belarus. She is a strong big girl like me.
Another fourth round match set on Friday: three-time Grand Slam title winner Naomi Osaka and two-time major champion Garbinem Guruza, 2019 French Open finalist Marka Vendrusova Xie Xie.
No. 8 Diego Schwartzman has become the best seed to lose so far, eliminating 6-3, 6-3 and 6-3 by Aslan Karatsev, ranking 114th from Russia and grand in 27 years. I made my slam debut.
Karatzev is the first qualifier to reach the fourth round at Melbourne Park since Miloshlaonic 10 years ago.
In another move, U.S. runner-up Open 2020 Alexander Zverev won the straight set against Dusan Lajović, who is now 23rd, and Grigor Dimitrov, 18th, lost to Pablo Carreño in the first seven games. I moved forward because I retired.
Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic will face 27-seeded Taylor Fritz, US Open champion Dominic Thiem will face Nick Kyrgios of Australia, and 11th-placed Denis Shapovalov will face 20 Felix. .. In addition to the contest between French Open champion Simona Halep and French Open champion Igaspia Tech, Auger Ali Asime in the French Open showdown.