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World number 2 Serena Williams enters Australian Open quarters

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 11 February 2017, 5:46 IST

World number two Serena Williams sealed her place in the quarter-finals of the season-opening Australian Open after battling past Barbora Strycova of Czech Republic at the Melbourne Park on 23 January.

The American tennis star was tested by 16th seed Strycova but she dug deep to register a 7-5, 6-4 win in the fourth-round contest that lasted one hour and 45 minutes on Rod Laver Arena.

By reaching her 11th Australian Open quarter-final, Serena has strengthened her unrelenting quest to surpass Steffi Graf's Open era record of 22 Grand Slam titles.

Serena, who lost her top ranking to Germany's Angelique Kerber last year, will now lock horns with Australia's Johanna Konta for a place in the semi-finals.

Williams has a chance to become the world number one player again if she wins this tournament.

Williams, who lost last year's final to Kerber, came into the opening Grand Slam of the year with doubts over her form as she barely played since the US Open last September due to injury.

However, Serena's chances of clinching an elusive Australian Open title has improved after her rival and top-seed Kerber was stunned by America's Coco Vandeweghe 2-6, 3-6 in Sunday's last-16 round.

-With ANI inputs

First published: 23 January 2017, 11:40 IST