Serena Williams Advances to Aussie Open Quarterfinals

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

Second-seeded Serena Williams has advanced to the quarterfinals at the Australian Open after her fourth-round opponent, Victoria Azarenka, retired due to illness.

Azarenka won the first set 6-3 and Williams was leading 4-2 in
the second set when Azarenka, who appeared to be wavering as she
attempted to serve, finally retired to end the match.

Williams also took a medical timeout in the second set for an
ankle ailment.

She next faces 2004 U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova. The
Russian player advanced earlier Monday after her opponent, Zheng
Zie of China, injured her wrist and retired.

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