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World No. 11 Serena Williams (left) defeated World No. 101 Potapova (right) 7-6 (5), 6-2 in the third round bout.
World No-11 Serena Williams defeated World No-101 Potapova 7-6 (5), 6-2 in the third round match at the Australian Open tennis tournament being played in Melbourne. With this win, she reached the pre-quarterfinals, where she will face Belarus’s Aryana Sabalenka. At the same time, the lockdown was imposed due to growing corona infection in Victoria province. From Saturday to Wednesday, there will be a ban on the entry of spectators in the tournament.
Serena defeated Potapova in a tough match
Serena was given a tough fight by Potapova in the first set. Serena won this set in a tie-breaker. Serena then won unilaterally in the second set. Serena made 31 unforced errors and Potapova made 28 unforced errors in the match. Serena has won the Australian Open tournament 7 times. She is on the court for a record 24th Grand Slam.
Sabalenka reached pre-quarterfinal for the first time
At the same time, Sabalenka defeated South Korea’s Na Young Lee 6-3, 6-1. She reached the pre-quarterfinal of the tournament for the first time. Earlier, Sabalenka reached the pre-quarterfinals of the US Open in 2018. This will be his first match against Serena. He has played 20 matches since October last year. Out of this, he has won 19 matches and lost 1.
5 day lockdown imposed in Melbourne
At the same time, the Victoria Government imposed a 5-day lockdown from Friday midnight. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed this on Friday. He said the Grand Slam tournament would continue without spectators from Saturday to Wednesday due to the lockdown.
Viewers who bought tickets will get full refund
Tennis Australia said that those who bought tickets would get a full refund. How can they apply for it as soon as possible. Earlier, the Government of Victoria had given permission for the event to enter the stadium of 30,000 spectators per day.