The third round of the Gippsland Trophy and the Yarra Valley Classic were played in Melbourne in the Round of 16. In the latter we saw a truly regenerated Serena Williams who seems to have started 2021 in the best way. Just over an hour for the American tennis player to get the better of the insidious Bulgarian Pironkova, beaten with the result of 6-1; 6-4.
Serena immediately starts strong and seems to be in excellent athletic condition and closes the first set clearly leaving almost nothing to the opponent. In the second set Williams makes a few mistakes too many and at the same time Pironkova seems to enter the race, we get to 5-4 for Serena with the Bulgarian serving, Pironkova cancels two match points, then the third and the advantages also fourth match point Williams gets the pass for the quarters where she will face the winner between Pliskova and Collins.
In the other matches the world number one Ashleigh Barty wins with some risk, who after dominating the first set, gives up the second and only has to close in the third to beat the Czech Bouzkova. She risks even more the outgoing Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin who under 5-7; 0-3 comeback against compatriot Pegula and then closes in the third set.
Jasmine Paolini fights to the end at the Gippsland Trophy who, despite seeing her start as an underdog, reaches the third set and forces the Czech Muchova to overtime. The Italian loses the first 6-2, but she doesn't give up and responds in the second set where after a break each, she gets the decisive break in the tenth game and closes 6-4.
In the third set the Italian loses her service in the third game and goes on until the end with the match that ends on the result of 6-2; 4-6; 6-4 for Muchova. Well Halep and Svitolina, Osaka gives a set to the British Boulter while almost surprisingly gives the winner of the last Roland Garros Iga Swiatek, who falls clearly in two sets against the Russian Alexandrova.
Serena Williams' interview
Usually in this period I train the day and go to dinner at Melbourne in the evening to relax, while now there is little relaxation. But anyway we are all happy to be able to play because we need games and it is very convenient not to have to fly from one city to another but to stay n the same place to get used to the conditions.
If there was a way to set it up, this was definitely the right one." Serena Williams, after the exhibition match she won against Naomi Osaka in Adelaide, returned to the field at the Yarra Valley Classic. The American champion defeated Daria Gavrilova in the second round with a score of 6-1, 6-4 and won the round of 16 of the WTA 500 tournament.
Serena Williams challenged Tsvetana Pironkova in the third round of the WTA event in Melbounre: the American defeated her rival in straight sets, to reach the quarterfinals of the Yarra Valley Classic. In the quarterfinal, Serena will face her countrywoman Danielle Collins.