Ser­ena grabs 300th Slam win, Tsonga beats Is­ner in marathon

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LONDON—Ser­ena Wil­liams needed just 51 min­utes to clinch the 300th Grand Slam win of her ca­reer on Sun­day as the de­fend­ing cham­pion made the Wim­ble­don last 16.

The 34-year-old Amer­i­can brushed aside Ger­many’s world num­ber 43 An­nika Beck 6-3, 6-0 on the back of 25 win­ners and seven aces and goes on to face long­time Rus­sian ri­val Svet­lana Kuznetsova.

“I thought it was good. I still want to get out to a lit­tle bit of a faster start but I was re­ally fo­cused and calm,” said Wil­liams, who is just six wins short of Martina Navratilova’s Open era record of 306 Slam wins.

Wil­liams has now won 82 matches at Wim­ble­don as she re­mains on course to equal St­effi Graf’s Open Era record of 22 Grand Slam ti­tles with her sev­enth Wim­ble­don crown.

Wil­liams took the star­ring role as play was held on the mid­dle Sun­day for only the fourth time in Wim­ble­don his­tory, and the first time since 2004, as or­gan­is­ers tried to clear the back­log caused by days of rain.

Nick Kyr­gios, the Aus­tralian 15th seed, booked a last-16 clash with world num­ber two Andy Mur­ray af­ter beat­ing Feli­ciano Lopez 6-3, 6-7 (2/7), 6-3, 6-4 in an­other tie held over from Satur­day at one set all.

Mur­ray, the 2013 cham­pion, is the top seed left in the draw af­ter world num­ber one No­vak Djokovic was knocked out by Sam Quer­rey on Satur­day.

“I def­i­nitely have the tools to do it, but say­ing that, he’s prob­a­bly one of the best play­ers in the world and he’s prob­a­bly the favourite at the mo­ment since No­vak is out,” Kyr­gios said.

The fiery Aus­tralian went into Sun­day’s re­sump­tion un­der fire for us­ing the “re­tarded” when he lam­basted his sup­port team on Satur­day night.

But the 21-year-old apol­o­gised on Sun­day. “I didn’t mean to be dis­re­spect­ful,” said Kyr­gios.

It looked like the fans who had man­aged to se­cure sur­prise tick­ets for Sun­day were in for an­other long day on Court Two where Jo-Wil­fried Tsonga downed US marathon man John Is­ner 6-7 (3/7), 3-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-2, 19-17.

French 12th seed Tsonga, a semi-fi­nal­ist in 2011 and 2012, saved a match point in the 32nd game of the fi­nal set.

The last set alone lasted more than two hours.

Is­ner, the 18th seed, fa­mously won the long­est tennis match ever played when he beat an­other French­man, Ni­co­las Mahut, 70-68 in the fi­nal set at Wim­ble­don in the first round in 2010.

That five-set­ter, stretched over three days, lasted 11 hours and five min­utes.

Tsonga goes on to face fel­low French­man Richard Gas­quet for a spot in the quar­ter-fi­nals. Two-time Grand Slam cham­pion Kuznetsova reached the fourth round for the first time since 2008 de­spite be­com­ing in­volved in a row with the um­pire over coach­ing. The 31-year-old 13th seed bat­tled back from 2-5 down in the fi­nal set to de­feat US 18th seed Sloane Stephens 6-7 (1/7), 6-2, 8-6. But the Rus­sian was hit with a code vi­o­la­tion for coach­ing early in the fi­nal set which prompted a bit­ter ex­change with um­pire Mar­i­jana Veljovic.

“I’m just do­ing my job,” said the of­fi­cial.

“Well, you’re not do­ing it very well,” re­sponded Kuznetsova, the 2004 US Open cham­pion and 2009 French Open win­ner. Rus­sian 21st seed Anas­ta­sia Pav­lyuchenkova made the last 16 of a Slam for the first time since the 2011 US Open by see­ing off Swiss 11th seed Timea Bac­sin­szky 6-3, 6-2. Pav­lyuchenkova will face US 27th seed Coco Van­deweghe, who knocked out sixth-seeded Ital­ian Roberta Vinci 6-3, 6-4.

Van­deweghe is one of the in-form play­ers on grass this year, win­ning at ‘sHer­to­gen­bosch and mak­ing the semi-fi­nals in Birm­ing­ham.

Rus­sia’s Elena Ves­nina made the fourth round for the first time in seven years by end­ing the run of US qual­i­fier Ju­lia Boserup, the world num­ber 225, in straight sets, 7-5, 7-5.

Ves­nina will face dou­bles part­ner and close friend Eka­te­rina Makarova, who was a brides­maid at her wed­ding last year, for a spot in the quar­ter-fi­nals.

French 32nd seed Lu­cas Pouille saw off for­mer US Open cham­pion Juan Martin del Potro 6-7 (7/4), 7-6 (8/6), 7-5, 6-1 in a tie held over from Satur­day.

Pouille next faces Aus­tralian 19th seed Bernard Tomic in what will be his first ap­pear­ance in the last 16 at a ma­jor.—AFP

Daria Gavrilova plays a re­turn dur­ing her vic­tory over Pe­tra Kvi­tova at the Aus­tralian Open.

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