Serena Williams’ 6-1, 6-1 victory took just 44 minutes to achieve. The six-time Melbourne Park winner and defending champion quickly sent the young Russian packing on Rod Laver Arena in what appeared to be the shortest match of the tournament so far and the shortest match of this year’s Australian Open.
“Everything I’ve been trying to work on was kind of clicking today,” Williams said. “I thought I played pretty well in the other matches. My first match I thought I gave a great effort. My second match I thought, under the circumstances, I thought I played well. Hopefully with each match I can just do better.”
Serena Williams encouraged the young player and said “She has such a bright future. She’s so young and she’s headed in the right direction.”
Playing on centre court against a top notch like Serena Williams was a dream come true for the 18-year-old, who was making her first appearance at the tournament as well as her first ever trip to Australia.
The win sets Serena Williams up with a fourth-round clash against another Russian player, Margarita Gasparyan, with the hope of a quarter-final against pledged enemy Maria Sharapova. This is a showdown Serena Williams would be confident of winning anytime any day. She has a history of beating Sharapova in every match they have played since 2004.
~Super Speed Outfit
When asked why she chose her two-piece outfit of a yellow crop top and pleated skirt, she said “It’s built for speed”. No wonder she finished the match so quickly.
Serena Williams said she chose the pleats because they are classic and the top because, well, “I live in a crop top, sleep in crop tops. I’m often never seen without one. So I thought it would be really fun to play in one.”
She said she has been wearing many different designs and wanted to explore a little bit.
“Just bring pop culture to tennis, kind of make it really fun,” she said of the design. “A lot of things you see on stage and just in that pop culture world, I wanted to bring that youth and that fun-ness to it.”