The big story from the women’s singles was the loss of top seed and world number one Angelique Kerber. Kerber lost to Coco Vandeweghe in both the great name for a tennis player stakes and in the fourth round of the women’s singles. Kerber seemed distracted and not at all at the top of her game as she lost to the 25 year old American 6-2, 6-3 and for a neutral observer it would have been difficult to tell which of the two players was the world number 1. Vandeweghe’s reward is a quarterfinal meeting with Garbine Muguruza (honestly I’m not making these names up) who defeated Sorana Cirstea the Romanian 6-2, 6-3.
Venus Williams is through too as she got the better of Mona Barthel although this was an up and down match with the American outflanking her German opponent in a decent tussle in the Melbourne heat. The 36 year old won the encounter 6-3, 7-5 but the match was closer than the score line might suggest as the oldest player in the women’s singles progressed and with more fashion taste than little sister Serena who seems to be making Theresa May look trendy so bad are some of her outfits. Incredibly Venus has never won the Australian Open and only appeared in the final once and that was 14 years ago when she lost to her sister, although her first appearance in the last 8 was a mammoth 19 years ago.
Serena was playing the Czech right hander Barbara Strycova and won the match 7-5, 6-4 with 28 winners to her opponents 9 to progress to the same stage as her sister. Strycova on leaving the court threw one of her rackets into the crowd such a distance that she should also consider the discus at any future Olympics. Serena appeared to be dressed as a skeleton rather than like the Christmas tree outfit she wore in an earlier round but make no bones about it she is hungry for more success in Melbourne.