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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - Venus
The heat wave didn't claim any major casualties at the Australian Open. Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams extended their winning streaks to move into the fourth round, and all except one of the leading contenders made it through to the weekend.
Novak Djokovic extended his winning streak to 27 matches and stayed on track for a fourth consecutive Australian Open title with a 6-3, 6-3, 7-5 win Friday over Denis Istomin.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — One by one, Serena Williams is matching the feats of tennis' greatest legends.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Women to watch at the Australian Open, which begins Monday:
The defending champion won the first seven games of Friday's match, then actually fell down a break early in the second set, before quickly regaining it on the way to a 6-0, 6-3 victory over fifth-seeded Li Na.
The fifth-seeded Li defeated Sweden's Sofia Arvidsson 6-2, 6-2 in the day's first match. Shortly afterward, heavy rain came and Li's only concern was finding an umbrella to cover herself on the walk to the car.
More than half the questions at Sunday's media session revolved around themes generating the most buzz on the eve of tennis' oldest and most prestigious Grand Slam tournament: what Williams was quoted as saying in a recent magazine article — and Sharapova's surprisingly forceful verbal swipe in reaction to that story.
Serena Williams rolled her ankle and whacked herself in the lip with her racket. That doesn't mean she needs any extra rest.
Women to watch at the Australian Open, which begins Monday:
In the midst of the Williams sisters' first bustling visit to Africa, Serena wasn't quite sure which country she was in Saturday.
Newly crowned U.S. Open champion Serena Williams and sister Venus will play each other in an exhibition match on a visit to South Africa in early November.
Andy Murray's off-day turned into the biggest upset of the Western & Southern Open on Thursday, a straight-set loss that left him with little hard-court experience heading into the U.S. Open.
Serena Williams arrived at the Western & Southern Open with an Olympic gold medal and a chance to win another tournament she had never won before.
Andy Murray stood with the Union Jack draped over his shoulders, an Olympic gold medal around his neck, flanked by the man he had just beaten, Roger Federer, and basking in the roar of the Centre Court crowd.
As Serena Williams stood atop the medal podium, her career Golden Slam complete thanks to an Olympic rout, the gusty wind on Centre Court blew the U.S. flag off its pole midway through the national anthem.
"I'm happy," she said. "Because at least I'm done with my job for the day."
Big sister Venus yelled from her box to move her feet and get her energy back.