Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova into Australian Open fourth round

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Serena Williams is into the fourth round at the after a 6-1, 6-1 win in 45 minutes over the 18-year-old Russian Daria Kasatkina.

The defending and six-time champion won the first set of her Rod Laver Arena match in 22 minutes and was helped by four double-faults by Kasatkina. The American is spending her 153rd and 154th consecutive weeks at No1 during the two weeks of the Australian Open, the third-longest streak in WTA history after Steffi Graf’s 186 in a row and Martina Navratilova’s 156.

Williams next plays Margarita Gasparyan of Russia, who beat Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan 6-3, 6-4.

reached a career milestone on Friday, which came as a nice surprise after a tough match.

“Oh, wow. I’ve won 600 matches?” Sharapova said, when an on-court interviewer congratulated her for the achievement earned by winning her third-round match. The No5 seed then thought for a moment and laughed. “Oh boy,” she said. “Is this a friendly reminder that I’m getting old?”

The 28-year-old, a five-time grand slam winner, had not dropped a set going into the third round but struggled before beating the 22-year-old Lauren Davis 6-1, 6-7 (7-5), 6-0. After racing through the first set in only 26 minutes, Sharapova was broken twice in the second set, which lasted 77 minutes. She returned with more composure in the final set, making only five unforced errors and breaking Davis three times.

In the fourth round, Sharapova faces the up-and-coming Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic, who won her first two WTA titles in 2015 including in Toronto where she beat Williams in the semi-finals followed by the world No2, Simona Halep, in the final.

Sharapova could face Williams in the quarter-finals, which would be the latest match in their long-running rivalry. Sharpova has not beaten Williams since 2004, losing their last 17 meetings including last year’s Australian Open final.

Maria Sharapova had to battle to defeat the American Lauren Davis and progress to the fourth round at Melbourne Park. Photograph: ddp USA/Rex Shutterstock

But after Friday’s milestone, Sharapova took a moment to pause and reflect on her 600 career wins. “I think it’s a proud number,” she said. “I’ve been doing it a long time. That’s a fact.”

Sharapova was nine years old when she moved from Russia to Florida with her father, Yuri, to train at the famed Nick Bollettieri tennis academy. Three years earlier, Sharapova had been spotted at a Moscow exhibition by Navratilova, who told her father that America was the best place to cultivate the young player’s talent.

It meant a two-year separation from her mother, Yelena, who stayed in Russia because of financial reasons and the wait to obtain a visa. Asked on Friday how she as a young player, Sharapova credited her parents.

“You know, my father paved this career for me, that I just keep following,” she said. “He just really opened the door to my dream. I’m just kind of living it. My mother opened up the world to me culturally, educationally. So I got very different things from both of them.

“I really love what I do. Although I’d love to sit on the beach and read a book and drink margaritas, after a few days I get bored. At 28 years old, I’m healthy and look forward to playing for many years.”