Serena Williams defeated Margarita Gasparyan 6:2, 6:1 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. Serena played a clean match today, with 19 winners to just 15 unforced errors. Serena wants to improve her serve for the remaining matches to come, however, having hit 3 aces today, which is well below her average.
Serena’s victory today sets up yet another head-to-head encounter with Maria Sharapova – this will be the 21st meeting between these two players. Serena leads Sharapova 18-2 in head-to-head meetings, and has won the last 16 matches they have played.
“It was a great final last year, I came close in the second set but not close enough,” said Sharapova.
“I’ll look forward to playing the best in the world and it’ll be a great match.”
Serena, following today’s match, said she did not know Sharapova would be her next opponent.
“I had no idea who I was playing next,” she said. “She had a really good match earlier but I’ve got nothing to lose and will just do my best.
“I just feel like I’m really confident in my game right now, not against her or against any other opponent.”
Serena vs. Sharapova will take place on Tuesday (Monday evening in the states).
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