Serena Williams won 6-1, 6-2 versus Vesna Dolonc, the second consecutive scorching day at the Australia Open’s first major. However, the 32 year-old said she could remember hotter matches.
According to YouWager experts, Williams now equals Margaret Court’s record of 60 match victories at the Australian Open in the Open era. This thanks to extending her winning stretch to 24 matches dating back to August and improving her career mark to 60-8 at Melbourne Park.
The now 70 year-old Court, who won seven of her 11 Australian titles before the Open era began in 1968, has a show court named in her honor adjacent to Rod Laver Arena.
The heat made it to 104 degrees during the 63-minute match and peaked at just less than 108 degrees later during Novak Djokovic’s 6-0, 6-4, 6-4 victory versus Leonardo Mayer.
Williams fought back the only break point she faced with an ace, one of her 10 in the match. The Michigan native hit 24 winners, sticking to the strategy for a hot day.
The No. 1 ranked player in women’s singles said she didn’t even go outside Tuesday since she heard the conditions “were a little bit extreme,” adding that the prospect of the scorching temperatures didn’t allow her to sleep.
Williams will now meet No. 31-seeded Daniela Hantuchova, who was on court for 3 hours, 13 minutes in her 6-3, 3-6, 12-10 victory against Karolina Pliskova.