Finally after many expectations, fears, controversies, controversies and hopes, the Australian Open 2021 has begun, the first Grand Slam of the season that will be played at Melbourne Park from 8 to 21 February, with the presence of a part of the crowd in the stands.
All the greatest tennis players on the planet have therefore made an appointment in Melbourne to play one of the most fascinating and important sporting events of the sporting season, the first real appointment with great tennis after the appetizer of the ATP and WTA events in Melbourne the week before the Australian Open.
There is no Roger Federer, who will return on the court in the next ATP Doha event. Serena Williams' journey continues at the Australian Open 2021. The American champion, in probably the most arduous commitment among those faced in the tournament, beats the Belarusian and seeded number 7 of the tournament Aryna Sabalenka in three sets and reaches for the 54th time in career quarter-finals in a Grand Slam.
Serena needed two hours and 11 minutes to win with the result of 6-4; 2-6; 6-4. Thanks to this success, the 24th Grand Slam dream of Serena Williams continues as she aspires to reach the Margaret Court record. In the first set a high level of intensity with Serena who cancels the first two break points to the opponent and takes advantage, on the second occasion, the break point in the tenth game, which also acts as a set point to close 6-4.
The American has an evident and worrying decline in the second set where she clearly lowers the percentage of firsts and makes several mistakes, Sabalenka returns to the race and closes 6-2. In the third and decisive set Williams starts strong immediately and goes 4-1, but Sabalenka does not give up and in the seventh game ribrekka the opponent bringing the match back to 4-4.
With a heart-pounding match finale, Serena has two break points and match points in the tenth game and at the first chance she takes advantage of the opportunity and gets the pass to the Quarter-finals, thus winning her 90 victory at the Australian Open.
In the other big match of the day Naomi Osaka wins in comeback by canceling two match points to last year's finalist Garbine Muguruza: in the third and decisive set at 4-5 for the opponent, the Japanese had to cancel two match points on her serve, but she managed to balance the scores and conquer the decisive break that gave her the victory with the result of 4-6; 6-4; 7-5.
She will face the surprise of Taipei Hsieh, who, after Errani, easily eliminates Vondrousova too. Simona Halep avenges her defeat at Roland Garros and beats the young and talented Polish Iga Swiatek in three sets, surprise winner in the last Parisian Grand Slam.
She is the Pole to win the first set 6-3, conquering the decisive break in the eighth game. Halep grows while Swiatek, perhaps too aggressive, makes many mistakes and after winning the second set 6-1, the Romanian, seeded number 2 of the tournament closes in the decisive set 6-4.
Thus ends the streak of consecutive victories in the Slams of Swiatek which had won 11 matches and 23 consecutive sets (including today's) before surrendering to Simona's strength.