Thursday Serena sailed into the Australian Open’s third round with her 500th career win. The five-time Australian Open champion winner Serena Williams reached the career singles win when she beat Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-0, 6-4 in the second round.
“Five hundred is a lot of matches to play, let alone to win,” she said, adding that the left ankle she badly sprained two weeks ago wasn’t an issue. “It’s totally fine. It was my good ankle, so I’m good.”
The win also represented several other winning milestones for Serena:
- The 30-year-old American, who won the Australian Open in 2009 and 2010 but missed last year’s tournament through injury, has now won 16 consecutive matches at Melbourne Park.
- The victory was also her 210th at a Grand Slam, putting her equal with sister Venus and tied for fourth on the all-time list behind Martina Navratilova (306), Chris Evert (298) and Steffi Graf (278).
As the No 12 seed (a classic example of rankings overruling common-sense), Serena is on course for a quarter-final against Sharapova, who surged past Jamie Hampton yesterday in a 6-0, 6-1 victory.
But one thing she will not be doing is competing in the mixed doubles as expected with fellow American Andy Roddick. A hamstring injury forced Roddick to withdraw after three sets of his much-anticipated night match against long-time rival Lleyton Hewitt. The two were planning to compete in preparation for the London Olympics.