Australian Open 2017: Venus Williams beats Mona Barthel to reach quarter-finals

By | January 22, 2017

Venus Williams swept aside Australian Open 2017 Live Germany’s Mona Barthel to reach the quarter-finals for the Australian Open for the seventh time.The 36-year-old seven-time Grand Slam champion won 6-3 7-5 in Melbourne.

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Williams – the oldest player in the women’s singles – next faces Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who beat fellow Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3 6-3.World number one and defending champion Angelique Kerber plays American Coco Vandeweghe later on Sunday.Seventh seed Garbine Muguruza of Spain plays Romanian Sorana Cirstea in the remaining match in the top half of the draw.

The former world No1 Venus Williams continued her fine Australian Open as she beat Germany’s Mona Barthel in straight sets to reach the last eight for the ninth time in her career.Barthel, the German qualifier, provided a stern test for Williams on Rod Laver Arena but the American 13th seed kept up her record of not having dropped a set in the tournament, eventually winning 6-3, 7-5.This is what you do all the hard work in the off-season for. It’s wonderful to be in an opportunity to advance even further.

I love it. It’s such a blessing,” said Williams.I think I was born to play this game, I really do. I’ve been blessed Australian Open Live Stream enough to do something I love and I think this was my calling because I grew so big and so tall and I can cover the court and hit it hard. I was meant to do this.” Williams will face Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova after the Russian saw off her eighth-seeded compatriot Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 6-3 in her fourth-round match.

The third round of the Australian Open is over and both singles brackets have been narrowed down to just 16 competitors. In the top half of the draw, both of the top seeds — Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber — are still remaining and both will face unseeded competition in the Round of 16.Play in Melbourne for the start of the fourth round will take place on Sunday. In the United States, play will actually get underway on Saturday evening and will run through Sunday morning.

On Saturday, play will begin at 9 p.m. ET and will be broadcast by ESPN2. A live stream will also be available online at WatchESPN.Murray will be taking on unseeded Mischa Zverev in his matchup. Kerber will face the tough, but also unseeded Coco Vandeweghe.Men’s fourth seed Stan Wawrinka and 12th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will also face unseeded opponents in Andreas Seppi and Daniel Evans, respectively. Fifth seed Kei Nishikori will have the toughest go of it, as he has to face No. 17 Roger Federer.

On the women’s side, it’s a very similar spread, with three unseeded players taking on seeded players. Other than Vandeweghe taking on Kerber, seventh seed Garbine Muguruza will take on unseeded Sorana Cirstea and No. 13 Venus Williams will face Mona Barthel.And like Nishikori, women’s eighth Australian Open 2017 Live Stream seed Svetlana Kuznetsova will have the toughest out, having to face No. 24 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.Below is all you need to watch the action as well as a list of all the singles matches on Saturday and Sunday. [Source]