Steffi backs Serena to match Court's 24 Slams

Ruben Holloway
January 18, 2019

Graf, who won four Australian Opens among her 22 titles, said Williams would nearly certainly go down as the greatest ever women's player, given today's standards are so much higher.

Roger Federer celebrates a win at the 2019 Australian Open.

She is a seven-time major champion and a two-time runner-up in Australia but is now ranked only 36th.

While 31-year-old Djokovic is seeking a third successive Grand Slam title and a record seventh Australian Open crown, Tsonga's ranking has slipped to 177th after his 2018 season was cut short by knee surgery in April.

Two double faults from the Canadian in the opening game set the tone for a contest dominated by Williams.

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Of course, not even the great outfit could really take away from the great match that ended with Serena victorious.

Progression to the last 32 will precipitate a rankings rise for the 20-year-old, with a cheque of at least $165,000 awaiting her.

While world No. 1 Simona Halep spends her postmatch press conferences discussing the difficulty of recovering from two-hour-plus, three-set matches (she's played two so far), Williams spends very little of hers discussing tennis at all, perhaps because so far, she's played very little tennis.

"I think this is what you play for, to play the biggest guys and the best guys at the top of their level on the biggest stages", he said.

Eleven years after their first meeting in the Australian Open final, Novak Djokovic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will take a trip down memory lane on Thursday to renew their rivalry in the second round in Melbourne.

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On Saturday, the 37-year-old Williams will face Dayana Yastremska, an 18-year-old from Ukraine who is ranked 59th and eliminated No. 23 seed Carla Suarez Navarro 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 to get to the third round of a major for the first time.

"In the first Grand Slam final I had, I played against him". She made her return to Tennis only past year and will now look to win the tournament for the 8th time, setting a new record. I dug deep and went to a different place.

However, Serena's physical strength came to the player's rescue as her opponent struggled to return her powerful shots.

"I've just got to go out there, try to focus on my side of the court, generally just go out there, have fun". In the victory, Martic won 60 percent of her first serve points and 54 percent of her second serve points.

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