Serena, Navarro, Azarenka, Kuznetsova, Dementieva, move on to next round

World No.2 Serena Williams has progressed to the final 16 of Australian Open 2009 with a 6-1 6-4 victory over China’s Shuai Peng on Saturday.

Quick facts
Williams served all 10 aces recorded in the match
Peng made 27 unforced errors, while Williams had 25
Williams won 11 of the 18 points when she came to the net (61 per cent), while Peng was 3-for-4 (75 per cent)
Williams’ fastest serve speed was 185km/h; Peng’s was 169km/h

Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro has advanced to the fourth round of Australian Open 2009 with a straight-sets victory over countrywoman Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez on Saturday. World No. 46 Suarez Navarro took just less than 90 minutes to win the match 6-1 6-4.

Quick facts
The second set lasted exactly one hour
Martinez Sanchez had 29 unforced errors, while Suarez Navarro recorded 19
Martinez Sanchez won just nine of 23 points on her second serve (39 per cent)
Suarez Navarro capitalised on four of her seven break point chances, and won 10 of the 15 points when she came to the net

Women’s 13th seed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus has taken out Australian Open 2006 champion Amelie Mauresmo 6-4 6-2 in their third round singles match on Saturday.

Quick facts
The 10-game first set was three minutes shorter than the eight-game second set
Mauresmo served five double faults; Azarenka had none
Mauresmo had 28 unforced errors to Azarenka’s 19
The Frenchwoman won just 33 per cent of points on her second serve; Azarenka managed 53 per cent on her own second serve
Mauresmo had the fastest serve of the match at 183km/h

Women’s eighth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova has overcome a staggering 68 unforced errors to get past Alona Bondarenko 7-6(7) 6-4 in the third round of Australian Open 2009 on Saturday

Quick facts
The match lasted for two hours and eight minutes
Kuznetsova had 68 unforced errors to Bondarenko’s 26
Bondarenko had a much better first serve, with 80 per cent finding the mark compared to Kuznetsova’s 57 per cent
Kuznetsova hit 37 winners to Bondarenko’s 11
Kuznetsova only won eight more points than Bondarenko (98-90)

Australia’s Samantha Stosur has gone down fighting in her match against Elena Dementieva, giving the Russian an almighty scare before falling in two tight sets, with Dementieva eventually proving too solid and winning 7-6(6) 6-4.

Quick facts
Stosur had 36 unforced errors, while Dementieva had 19
Both players had 24 winners
Stosur was a perfect 5-for-5 on break point opportunities, while Dementieva was 6-for-16
Dementieva’s first serve was successful on 66 per cent of occasions

012409 saturday /info-photo via Australian Open / Getty Images


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