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Australian Open 2021: Serena Williams digs deep to beat Aryna Sabalenka; reaches quarter-finals

The 23-time Grand Slam champion saw a stiff challenge from Sabalenka as she won the 4th round tie 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.

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Melbourne Updated on: February 14, 2021 10:26 IST
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Serena Williams hits a forehand against Aryna Sabalenka in Melbourne on Sunday.

Serena Williams has returned to the Australian Open quarterfinals by getting past No. 7 seed Aryna Sabalenka in three sets.

The 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 victory put Williams one step closer to her record-tying 24th Grand Slam title overall and eighth championship at Melbourne Park.

Her most recent major trophy came at the Australian Open in 2017.

This was Williams’ 62nd fourth-round match at a major tournament — and Sabalenka’s second.

They played a similar brand of powerful tennis but Williams was barely better, stealing the last two games after what had been a 4-1 lead in the final set evaporated.

The 39-year-old American next faces either Simona Halep or Iga Swiatek.

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