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Australian Open 2021: Serena Williams defeats Anastasia Potapova to arrange fourth spherical conflict with Aryna Sabalenka

The 23-time Grand Slam had 31 unforced errors, however carried the Russian 7-6 (7/5), 6-2 in 97 minutes over Rod Laver Area to arrange a fourth spherical showdown with seventh seed Aryna Sabalenka, from Belarus.

Serena Williams reacts after profitable the primary set towards Russia’s Anastasia Potapova on the Australian Open. AP

Melbourne: Serena Williams overcame an error-ridden begin on Friday to thwart Anastasia Potapova and guarantee her bid for Australian Open historical past continues.

The 23-time Grand Slam had 31 unforced errors, however carried the Russian 7-6 (7/5), 6-2 in 97 minutes over Rod Laver Area to arrange a fourth spherical showdown with seventh seed Aryna Sabalenka, from Belarus.

“It is actually good to be within the fourth spherical,” she stated.

“I bought out of the blocks not like I used to be (earlier than). Nevertheless it’s about surviving and enjoying higher each spherical.”

The tenth seed has been in fine condition thus far in Melbourne as she pursues Margaret Court docket’s 24 Grand Slam file, however was struggling in an error-ridden begin to fall on a break.

However 19-year-old Potapova had a match attempting to serve the opening set with 5 double faults losing the golden alternative.

A refocused Williams then elevated its depth and gained a tie-break earlier than making it by means of the second set.

Seven-time Australian Open champion Williams will face Sabalenka on Sunday, who beat American Ann Li 6-3, 6-1, with a quarter-final berth at stake.

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