Serena Williams overcomes stuttering start

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Serena Williams overcomes stuttering start against Anastasia Potapova to reach round four of the Australian Open and keep her bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam on track
Serena Williams survived two set points in the first against Anastasia Potapova
But in the second, Williams was back to her best and had everything her way
She will take on seventh seed Aryna Sabalenka for a quarter-final place

As news broke that Melbourne would head into a snap lockdown to contain an outbreak of COVID-19, Serena Williams was already on court at the Australian Open playing potentially her last match in front of crowds at the tournament.

It was a distraction neither Williams nor her opponent Anastasia Potapova would have wanted before their third round match at a Grand Slam that has been on high alert since it started on Monday.

Williams completed a 7-6(5), 6-2 win in the sunshine at Rod Laver Arena then gushed about her daughter Olympia learning tennis in the on-court interview, drawing cheers from fans.

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