Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic both advanced into the third round of the Australian Open during another scorching day in Melbourne.
Top seed Williams needed just 63 minutes to dispatch opponent Vesna Dolonc 6-1 6-2, equalling the great Margret Court’s record of 60 consecutive match wins at Melbourne in the Open era.
Djokovic meanwhile made light of the temperatures to beat Leonardo Mayer 6-0 6-4 6-4 in 107 minutes. The Serbian also had to overcome an early fall, though did not appear to be overly hampered during the rest of the match, and will have a day to rest the ankle that was affected.
Fourth seed Li Na went through in straight sets, defeating 16-year old Belinda Bencic 6-0 7-6, while home favourite Sam Stosur beat Tsvetana Pironkova 6-2 6-0.
The temperatures were once again a talking point, with Croatian Ivan Dogic forced to retire from his match against Damir Dzumhur after 2 hours 22 minutes of play.
“Today, 30 minutes after the match I could not walk,” said Dodig afterwards. “I was thinking I could maybe even die here.”
This was supposed to be a cooler day, with temperatures of around 107ºF, while tomorrow they are expected to hit 111ºF.